Protective Helmets - Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Protective Helmets
An information guide
Protective Helmets
What is this leaflet about and who is it for?
This leaflet is produced for the carers of people who have been
provided with a helmet by the Orthotics service. It will explain how
to care for the helmet and other important information about the
Orthotics service. We hope you find this information useful. If you
require further information or are unable to attend an
appointment, please telephone the Orthotics department where
the appointment has been made for you as soon as possible:
Rochdale
01706 517055
Oldham
0161 627 8890
North Manchester
0161 720 2164
Bury
0161 778 2847
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What does the helmet do?
Helmets provide impact protection for the head of the wearer. The
reason for impact protection can vary and will have been explained
by the Orthotist and/or Physiotherapist.
What is the entitlement?
The entitlement is for one helmet. A second helmet will only be
provided if:
• the original is deemed to be clinically ineffective
• the users daily living activities are regarded as unsafe without
wearing their helmet
• if the original helmet is beyond repair.
Theft, loss or damage of the helmet
If the helmet is stolen you will need to obtain a crime number from
the police before we are able to order you a replacement. If the
helmet is lost or damaged (either accidentally or maliciously) you
will be asked to pay for its replacement. The average cost of a
replacement helmet is £120.
How should the helmet be worn?
• ensure the chin strap is unfastened
• place the helmet on the wearer’s head, ensuring that the ear
loops are correctly aligned over each ear
• fasten the chin strap so that the helmet is not allowed to move
excessively on the head, while being careful to avoid overtightening of the strap.
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How should the helmet be cared for?
• clean the helmet regularly by wiping with a damp cloth, never
immerse the helmet in water
• allow to dry naturally, away from direct heat sources such as the
radiator
• you are responsible for looking after the helmet and returning it
for repair as and when necessary.
What problems should you be aware of?
If you notice any of the following, please contact the Orthotics
department as soon as possible on the telephone number at the top
of this leaflet
• skin redness that doesn’t fade after 15-20 minutes
• sores or blisters on the skin
• pain, irritation or rubbing
• any damage to the helmet.
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Further appointments
You will be advised of the procedure for booking follow up
appointments at the supply appointment. However, if you feel
there are problems with the helmet you can ask to see the Orthotist
for a review appointment by telephoning the Orthotics
department where you had the original appointment:
Rochdale
01706 517055
Oldham
0161 627 8890
North Manchester
0161 720 2164
Bury
0161 778 2847
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If English is not your frst
language and you need help,
please contact the Ethnic Health
Team on 0161 627 8770
Jeżeli angielski nie jest twoim pierwszym językiem i potrzebujesz pomocy proszę skontaktować
się z załogą Ethnic Health pod numerem telefonu 0161 627 8770
For general enquiries please contact the Patient
Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0161 604 5897
For enquiries regarding clinic appointments, clinical care and
treatment please contact 0161 624 0420 and the Switchboard
Operator will put you through to the correct department / service
Date of publication: April 2008
Date of review: December 2016
Date of next review: December 2018
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