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Orthotic Services

The aim of the Orthotic Service is to treat and rehab patients through assessing the need and provision of an Orthoses. An Orthoses is a device that is applied externally to any part of the body and is usually given to help or correct deformity and/or improve function.  This can be as a result of injury, medical conditions such as Diabetes or Rheumatoid Arthritis or due to the way our bodies alter over time.

Orthoses -

  • support limbs and joints that are paralysed or weak
  • prevent contractures (tightening) by holding the joint in the best position
  • enhance alignment to improve posture

Examples of Orthoses are:

  • Corrective Insoles
  • Ankle Braces
  • Footwear
  • Shoe Adaptions
  • Knee Braces
  • Spinal Braces

We also provide services for Wigs and Breast Prosthesis

When required, we provide support and reassessment of need once the Orthoses has been supplied along with review, maintenance and a repair service

Our team consists of Allied Health Professional Registered (AHP) Orthotists, Orthotic Assistants and dedicated administration staff.  We have Orthotists with special interests in Paediatrics, Diabetic care and Neurological conditions such as Stroke.

 The CDDFT Team are:-

Sharon Robinson - Orthotics Manager

Julie New            - Senior Orthotics Assistant

Caroline Duffy     - Senior Orthotics Assistant

Alison Johnson     - Team Leader - University Hospital of Durham

Anita Harris         - Administration Team Lead

Wendy Curry       - Administration Assistant

Louise Moss         - Administration Assistant

Julie Young          - Administration Assistant


Orthotists (provided by Peacocks Medical Group) are:-

Paul Charlton         - Lead Orthotist for CDDFT

Richard Webb         - Senior Orthotist

Scott McNab           - Orthotist

Helen McCormack   - Orthotist

Adam Jones           - Orthotist

Kevin Stewart        - Orthotist

Service Information

Where is the service provided?

The Orthotic service has daily clinics  at  Bishop Auckland Hospital,  University Hospital of North Durham, and  Darlington Memorial Hospital.  Clinics are also held at Sedgefield Community Hospital, Chester-Le -Street Hospital, Shotley Bridge Hospital, Spennymoor Health Centre, Pioneering Care Centre at Newton Aycliffe, Education Village Darlington and Evergreen School Bishop Auckland

The service has appointments available between 9.00 and 16.30 Monday to Friday and times vary across sites.  Twice a month there are appointments available up to 18.30 for children at Bishop Auckland Hospital. When booking an appointment we will do our best to meet your requirements but this may mean travelling to another site.

How do people access the service?

To receive care you need to be referred to the Orthotic Services by either your Consultant, GP or a member of the Allied Health Professions such as Physiotherapy or Podiatry. We do not accept self-referrals and are not on the choose and book system.

All referrals are screened on receipt and appointments offered in the appropriate clinic.

Your needs will be assessed and we will discuss with you an appropriate treatment plan at your appointment.


Contact Telephone numbers:

Bishop Auckland General            01388 455523

Darlington Memorial                   01325 743211

University Hospital of Durham     0191 333 2823


Email:    General Enquiries   - cdda-tr.BAGHOrthotics@NHS.Net

             Referrals                - cddft.Orthotic.referrals@NHS.Net

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham