The Queen Alexandra Orthotics, Prosthetics and Seating centre specializes in both paediatric and adult prosthetics. Designing, fitting, and fabricating artificial limbs, or prostheses, is part art and part science. We custom-build our prosthetics to perfectly fit the functional and aesthetic needs of clients who are missing limbs or other body parts.
A team of certified prosthetists, registered orthotic/prosthetic technicians, and physicians collaborate to deliver comprehensive care to our patients.
Typically patients are referred to our centre by a physiatrist or surgeon through an amputee clinic (such as the Adult Amputee Clinics at Royal Jubilee Hospital or the Paediatric Clinic at the Pearkes Building). First, a certified prosthetist will conduct a complete assessment of the patient's needs. Then the prosthetist, in partnership with the prosthetic team, makes recommendations and initiates the process of designing and fabricating an appropriate prosthetic device. Education, assured fitting, rehabilitation, and follow-up procedures are part of our centre's successful prosthetic process.
Today, prostheses built at our centre have an impressive range of function and adaptability. Energy-storing artificial feet and legs allow people to walk, run, and jump. Sockets can be refined until the fit perfectly matches an individual's physical needs.
- partial foot
- Symes-type prostheses
- trans-tibia prostheses
- trans-femoral prostheses
- knee disarticulation prostheses
- hip disarticulation prostheses
- myoelectric upper limb
- partial hand
- wrist disarticulation
- transradial prosthetic
- elbow disarticulation
- shoulder disarticulation
- forequarter prostheses
- soft goods
The above is a list of our most frequent services. If you need a prosthesis not listed, please do contact us. We have specialized expertise and in-house manufacturing facilities for all kinds of custom devices. And we are more than willing to work with you to meet your specific needs.
Prosthetic products such as stump socks are dispensed at our facility and can be ordered by phone and mailed to you.
General Information on Prosthetics Services
A written referral or prescription from your physician is required for a device and/or assessment at the Queen Alexandra Orthotics, Prosthetics and Seating.
How do I make an appointment?
You or your doctor can send a referral or prescription to us by:
- Faxing it to 250-519-6915
- Personally delivering it to our reception staff
To schedule your appointment, please call 250-519-6732.
At the end of your first appointment, you can make future appointments at our reception before you leave.
When you visit us for the first time, please make sure you bring:
- Your date of birth;
- Your personal health number;
- The name of the person or agency responsible for payment; and
- A copy of your physician's prescription
When you are referred to us at QAOPS, your doctor will fax us a prescription with your diagnosis and their recommendations. Once we receive your referral we will contact you for your initial appointment. Alternatively, your doctor may also give you the prescription and ask you to contact us for an appointment. For physiatry referrals, we do need the referral on hand before booking any appointments
When you arrive
You will need your Medical Services Plan health card and any third-party funding information you may have.
You will see a certified pedorthist, orthotist, prosthetist, physiatrist, or seating therapist during your visit.
Your clinician or doctor will do a complete assessment to determine your individual needs and goals. Your clinician will also discuss booking any follow up appointments you may need, and the process of applying for external funding if necessary. Depending on the services you require, you may have a casting and/or fitting for your device done during your initial appointment, or be booked for a secondary appointment.
If your appointment is with our physiatrist, Dr. Lena Galimova, please bring a list of any prescription medication you are taking, as well as supportive footwear.
You can find us in the Fisher Building at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health.