Did you know Bank Of Ireland (BOI) has a wonderful staff initiative where their staff members can apply for a €500 donation to a charity of their choice – the BOI Begin Together Fund for Colleagues. Thanks to BOI staff member Nicola Dunne and her colleagues, a donation of €3,000 to date has been received to support the Prosthetic, Orthotic, & Limb Absence (POLAR) Programme in the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) for adults and children. Nicola’s nephew Sammi spent time as an inpatient in the POLAR Programme. From this experience, and on behalf of Sammi, Nicola very kindly proposes the NRH as one of the beneficiary charities when the fund does a call for applications. Thank you so much to Nicola and Sammi for this on-going wonderful support, we are so grateful for you thinking of the NRH and helping to support this wonderful specialist rehabilitation programme.
Did You Know?
The Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb absence Rehabilitation (POLAR) programme provides a continuum of care for people with limb amputation and congenital limb absence. The service provides pre-amputation consultations, assessment of rehabilitation needs post amputation, both Inpatient and Day-patient rehabilitation, Outpatient follow-up and therapy services, and links to community services. The average stay for patients in the NRH is 3 months. In 2022 76% of POLAR patients were male, 64 years old was the average age, 58% of inpatients had a below the knee amputation, 38% sustained their amputation because of vascular disease and 41% as the result of diabetes. Just some of the services POLAR patients use during their stay as part of their rehabilitation include Creative Arts Therapy which includes both Art and Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Social Work, Speech and Language Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation Service and more.