Baroness Morgan of Cotes Written Questions

4 Questions to Ministry of Defence tabled by Baroness Morgan of Cotes


Date Title Questioner
13 May 2019, 4:15 p.m. Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to grant veterans access to Stanford Hall for rehabilitation purposes.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) mission is to provide sick and injured Service personnel the rehabilitation they require to be able to return to duty or transition back into civilian life, at which point the NHS becomes responsible for their care.

The access policy at the new DMRC Stanford Hall remains unchanged from that previously in place at DMRC Headley Court, in that there is no provision generally for veterans to access the facility. We have, however, in collaboration with the NHS, established a specialist clinic whereby NHS Limb Fitting Centres can refer selected veterans (who are ex-DMRC patients) back to the DMRC for assistance with the management of amputation-related complications.

This Complex Prosthetics Assessment Clinic (CPAC) has also been used to identify suitable candidates (serving and veterans) for the LIBOR-funded MOD/NHS osseointegration surgical pilot. After surgery all these patients (including veterans) are rehabilitated at the DMRC. We are also currently exploring options for a limited expansion of the CPAC eligibility criteria to include those non-amputee patients that have been fitted with medical devices such as offload braces.

13 May 2019, 4:14 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans were granted access to Headley Court in each of the last 10 years.

Answer (Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton)

Since 2016, veterans with amputation-related complications can be referred by the NHS to the Complex Prosthetics Assessment Clinic (CPAC) at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which relocated from Headley Court to the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate in 2018. To date, 41 patients have been seen at the CPAC since it began. A breakdown of patients by year is not available.

13 May 2019, 4:14 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans have been granted access to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre through the Veterans Prosthetic Panel in the last 12 months.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

Twelve veteran patients have been seen at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in the last calendar year.

13 May 2019, 4:13 p.m. DMRC Headley Court: Veterans Baroness Morgan of Cotes

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans requested but were refused access to Headley Court in each of the last ten years.

Answer (Mr Tobias Ellwood)

Veteran referrals and requests for DMRC treatment can be received in many different ways, for which there is no central record. Consequently, an answer to this question cannot be provided.