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Open days aimed to help disabled.

Byline: Greg Tindle Health Correspondent

THE latest range of aids and equipment for disabled will go on show at a hospital open day in Cardiff this week.

The Artificial Limb and Appliance Service, based at Rookwood Hospital, Llandaff, is opening its doors for the first time to allow patients, their families and professional health staff to see the work of the specialist NHS centre.

ALAS provides equipment to more than 40,000 people with a disability in Wales every year and also gives expert advice on aids installed in the home.

ALAS manager Rod Hill said: "We are delighted to be able to open our doors and give people the chance to see the full range of services provided by the service.

"I am sure the open days will give both the public and professionals an insight into the extensive range of specialist equipment and the high quality service we provide for people with a disability across Wales."

ALAS supplies specialist wheelchairs, artificial limbs, eyes and communication aids. The specialist Disabled Living Centre, which offers an appointmentbased service to assess clients and gives them the opportunity to see the range of equipment available to help them to carry out daily living skills, will also be open.

Members of the ALAS team will be at the centre to answer any questions about the specialist equipment available such as seating, bath aids, and eating utensils. Staff from the Wales Disabled Drivers Assessment Centre will also be on hand to give advice on vehicle adaptations for people with a disability.

The open days are tomorrow and Saturday this week from 10am to 4pm.

For further information ring ALAS on 02920 415415.
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