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Prosthetics (artificial limbs)

We provide inpatient and outpatient prosthetic services for people of all ages who have lost a limb, and who could benefit from a prosthesis (artificial limb).

Certified Prosthetists CP(c) are trained healthcare professionals, experienced in the design and manufacture of artificial limbs.Your Prosthetist will perform a detailed assessment, and will work with you and the rest of your healthcare team to develop a treatment plan to meet your functional goals. Prosthetics is part of the Assistive Technology department.

How to access our service

To obtain a new prosthesis, a written referral from a doctor (general practitioner or specialist) is required. The original or a copy of the referral can be forwarded directly to our department.

If an existing device is in need of repair, clients can self-refer (no need for a written referral from a practitioner). Please contact the department’s reception to make an appointment.

What can I expect at my appointment?

You will need multiple appointments for assessment, casting/measuring, fitting, and follow-up. During assessment, the Prosthetist will ask you questions about your health, your lifestyle, and your goals. Measurements and a cast will usually be taken. Later, you may be shown examples of the type of limb you require.

You will receive education about the proper use and care of your prosthesis, how to take care of your skin, and other information to help you successfully use a prosthetic limb. You will also be working with a Prosthetics Technician, who works closely with the Prosthetist to make the best prosthesis for you. You may be asked to allow a student to work with your health care provider during the appointment.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring clothing that will allow easy access to the affected body part (e.g. shorts, or a tank top). If your leg is involved, bring the shoes you normally wear.

How do I pay for it?

The costs of obtaining a prosthetic device may be covered by:

  • Private Insurance
  • Nova Scotia Medical Services Insurance (MSI)
  • Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)
  • First Nations, Inuit and Aboriginal Health

Please contact the insurer directly to find out what portion of the cost is covered or what portion you will be required to pay. 

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mon Jul 22 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
tue Jul 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
wed Jul 24 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
thu Jul 25 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
fri Jul 26 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
sat Jul 27 Unavailable
sun Jul 28 Unavailable

Tel: 902-473-1299 
Fax: 902-473-1235


Julie Valentine
Program Manager

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