Eric Ollerenshaw MP hosts event with Parliamentarians and amputees in a drive to deliver greater awareness for access to prosthetics
Ottobock, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, has supported an exhibition at the House of Commons promoting access to prosthetics for disabled people. The event was hosted by Eric Ollerenshaw MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, and attended by more than 30 Parliamentarians with support from a number of amputees including British Paralympian and Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup silver and bronze winner, Louise Hunt.
The exhibition showcased a number of leading-edge prosthetics and disability technologies, including the C-Leg and Genium micro-processor knees from Ottobock, a running blade and a tennis wheelchair. Parliamentarians also met with entrepreneur Matthew Newbury, the first person in the UK to be fitted with a Genium; and Keira Roche, who will be taking part in the 2013 London Marathon on a C-Leg.
“Providing disabled people across the country with access to suitable prosthetics is vital which is why I am supporting this exhibition on access to prosthetics. I want to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding access to prosthetics, and I am trying to ensure that across the UK every person with an amputation, who can benefit from a microprocessor knee, or another form of prosthetic technology, has access to them,” said Eric Ollerenshaw MP. “People with disabilities do not always receive the support that they need to fulfil their lives and it is so important to ensure that these people have all the advantages that they should have to reach and surpass their potential. This will be a fantastic legacy from the Paralympic Games.”
“The Ministry of Defence’s recent announcement to provide injured military personnel with the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs was very welcome, but there are many more individuals across the UK who would benefit from access to that technology,” said Philip Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock UK. “Ottobock is pleased to raise this debate with Parliamentarians that represent hundreds of thousands of people across the country, and we are hopeful our exhibition will leave a lasting impression on them.”
In addition to viewing demonstrations on advanced prosthetic technology for amputees, attending Parliamentarians were invited to pledge their support for Ottobock’s Access to Prosthetics campaign. The campaign’s objective is to promote the availability of appropriate and advanced technology to military and civilian amputees. For more information on Ottobock’s range of innovative solutions that restore mobility please visit www.ottobock.co.uk or follow @ottobockuk.
About Ottobock Healthcare
Ottobock is a world leading supplier of high quality, innovative and practical solutions that restore human mobility and help people to rediscover personal independence. Ottobock Healthcare is part of the Ottobock global group of companies established in the UK in 1976. Its wide product range includes high quality prosthetic and orthotic components, wheelchairs, rehabilitation and mobility products available through the country’s leading clinics and dealers. With a highly motivated and skilled team of professionals offering expert advice, product sales, service and support, Ottobock solutions enhance the physical comfort, confidence and mobility of the individual. Ottobock aims to achieve the best possible outcome for its customers, combining the latest technology with cutting-edge products and services.