PC Simon Schembri will be the first patient at the new centre for orthotics and prosthetics at St Luke’s, which is managed by Steward Health Care, to receive an artificial arm and a bionic hand.
This was announced by the Deputy PM and the Health Minister Chris Fearne who inaugurated the new centre where prosthetics, in other words, artificial limbs such as legs and arms, will be made for patients. The centre will also include orthotics, which is a special material used for such things as insoles for feet, or other material for parts of the body with which the patient has difficulty. Minister Fearne said that the new centre will be catering for up to 16,000 patients a year, mostly because of the problem of diabetes in our country which can cause someone to lose a limb.
The new centre is working in partnership with the American company, Medical Centre Orthotics and Prostethics, and an American specialist has been brought to Malta so that patients can be served within a week instead of having to wait for two months as used to happen previously.
Dr Nadine Delicata, the Chief Operations Officer at Steward said that at this centre they are working together with internationally renowned specialists. Speaking about the progress of the works taking place at St Luke’s and Gozo General Hospital, Dr Delicata said that the work is moving smoothly, with the aim being that patients in Malta and Gozo can be given health care of the highest quality.