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Surgical appliances, or orthotics, is the prescription, manufacture and fitting of externally worn device used to modify the structural and functional characteristics of the neuro-muscular and skeletal system.

The surgical appliance service at Frimley Health primarily involves supplying and fitting orthopaedic footwear, splints, callipers, surgical supports and wigs.

We offer outpatient clinics at Wexham Park Hospital, Heatherwood Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital.

How to contact us:

Frimley Park - 0300 613 4204
Admin Office opening hours: Monday – Thursday 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3.30pm.

Wexham Park Hospital – 0300 615 3505
Admin office opening times – Monday and Thursday 9am – 12noon and 1pm -4pm.

*Please note, phones are not manned all day during office opening times as the team are assisting with clinics. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

**Items can only be collected and dropped off during office opening times. Failure to do this is at the patient’s own risk.

Prescription charges (April 2017)

Wigs and fabric supports

Wigs and supports are available from the NHS but patients will be charged for them unless they qualify for help with other charges. There are extensive arrangements for providing help with NHS prescription charges and other health costs such as wigs.

Prescription charges are as follows:

Surgical stockings/hosiery

£17.20 (a pair)

Surgical brassiere


Abdominal or spinal support


Stock modacrylic wig**


** - If patients choose a non stock wig there may be an additional charge on top of the prescription charge.

Who is entitled to NHS wigs and fabric supports?

You can get free wigs and fabric supports if you:

  • Are under 16
  • Are 16-18 and in full time education
  • Are a hospital inpatient
  • Are a war pensioner and the wig or fabric support is for your accepted disablement and you have a valid war pension exemption certificate

If you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you are under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance, or
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • Universal credit (and meet the criteria)

If you are entitled to or named on:

  • A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you don’t have a certificate, you can show your award notice; you qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both) and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • A valid NHS certificate for full help with health costs (HC2) 

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

Frequently asked questions

** - If patients choose a non stock wig there may be an additional charge on top of the prescription charge.