Touch Bionics opens UK Centre of Excellence for amputees
20 August 2009
Touch Bionics, developer of the world’s first multi-articulating
bionic hand, has opened its UK Centre of Excellence in Livingston,
Scotland. The Rt. Hon. Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland,
was in attendance to officially declare the world-class facility open.
"Touch Bionics is a shining example of Scotland’s ability to produce
world-leading technology companies, and I am delighted to be here today
to open its UK Centre of Excellence," said Mr. Murphy. "This facility
demonstrates the ambition of Touch Bionics to grow its business by
offering more to the amputee community that it already serves so well."
Touch Bionics’ Centre of Excellence offers full clinical services to
upper limb amputees. The services are tailored to each individual’s
needs and governed by the company’s Touch Life Total Care Program, which
takes the whole range of prosthetic solutions into account.
The Centre of Excellence offers clinical assessments, recommendations
and insurance reimbursement support, as well as occupational therapy and
the chance to participate in Touch Bionics’ ongoing research and
development projects. The company’s unique approach, offering patients
fast-track access to clinical experts, sets the Centre of Excellence
apart from many other types of clinical establishments.
"Our team of highly skilled professionals are on hand to support
patients every step of the way, to help them reach their highest
potential level of function, independence and quality of life," said
Stuart Mead, Touch Bionics’ CEO. "We are extremely pleased to have the
Secretary of State for Scotland here to help us open the UK Centre of
Excellence, and are looking forward to welcoming clinical customers from
all over the world and their families and friends to our facility."
The Centre of Excellence’s resident team of clinical and support
staff work with patients to ensure that the appropriate technology is
provided, and that patients and their relatives and carers alike are
well looked after in the specialist facility. A rehabilitation team is
formed for each case and is responsible for the clinic’s unique "total
Before a patient visits the facility, Touch Bionics will perform a
remote case evaluation under the guidance of its in-house prosthetic
experts, to determine if a visit to the centre is required.
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