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Injured Libyans receive specialist treatment at rehabilitation centre

Specialists in rehabilitation and prosthesis will treat Libyan patients at West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre.

West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre is among eight centres in the UK providing specialist amputee rehabilitation for Libyan nationals who have suffered critical injury in war-torn areas of their country.

The eight patients, who are receiving rehabilitation and prosthetic treatment, are among 65 Libyan nationals receiving outpatient treatment for reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and prosthetic provision in British rehabilitation centres.

As a recognised centre of excellence and leader in its field, West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre (WMRC) was chosen to work in partnership with the Department of Health and the Libyan Embassy after the Prime Minister announced in Tripoli that the places would be made available in UK specialist facilities.

The team will also work closely with the local Libyan community to support the patients while they undergo treatment in the UK.

Birmingham Community Healthcare's specialist rehabilitation services have set up an amputee rehabilitation multidisciplinary team to provide 12-week programmes of assessment, treatment and equipment for the Libyan patients, the first of whom arrived in late January.

The team is led by consultant in rehabilitation medicine Dr Jeff Lindsay, a specialist in amputee rehabilitation and orthotics at WMRC.

He said: “The lives of this cohort of patients have been severely blighted by war and we are very proud that the specialist skills, experience, and teamwork within our service have been recognised and called upon to contribute to this important humanitarian project.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced in Tripoli that places would be made available in UK specialist hospitals for reconstruction surgery, rehabilitation and prosthetic provision for critically injured Libyans.

All treatment is fully funded by the Libyan government. Treatment is provided through voluntary input by BCHC staff, whose additional time is paid for by the Libyan transitional government and therefore there is no impact on normal NHS services.