Johnny Mercer MP today visited the Thornberry Centre, Plymouth’s prosthetics rehabilitation service run by Livewell Southwest CIC and based at Derriford, Plymouth.

The prosthetics rehabilitation service sees people of any age who have had an amputation or who have been born with a limb deficiency. At the Thornberry Centre, Livewell Southwest provides assessment for prosthesis (artificial limbs) and then develops, fits and supplies it within the clinic. The service provides rehabilitation and lifelong support for people with prosthetic limbs, delivered by a ‘multi-disciplinary’ team providing holistic care.

Mr Mercer was invited to visit the centre by Ray Robins, Chair of the Patient User Group at the Thornberry Centre. Staff at the centre showed Mr Mercer how prosthetics are made at the on-site workshop and talked about how the prosthetic service delivers care to people in Plymouth.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Mercer said: “It was great to get up to the Thornberry Centre in my constituency today. Prosthetic care has come on a long way. However, I am concerned that before my time as an MP, Plymouth missed out on the Murrison funding for veterans’ prosthetics*. I am determined to ensure that the advanced in prosthetics available for veterans are reflected in what is provided for all prosthetics patients in Plymouth. They do fantastic work at the Thornberry Centre, and I am enormously grateful for what they do.”

Of the visit, Mr Robins, said: “It was great to show Mr Mercer around the centre and to give him a better understanding of the vital services that are provided here.”

Gary Parfitt, Prosthetic & Orthotics Manager at Livewell Southwest said: “The team and service users of Livewell Southwest’s prosthetics rehabilitation service were delighted to be able to demonstrate to Mr Mercer some of the fantastic work that is done for the local amputee population as well as highlight the challenges faced in providing such a specialist service.”

Find out more about the Thornberry Centre here:



For further information and images please contact the Livewell Southwest communications team on or 01752 435020. 

Notes to Editors:

* About the Murrison funding for veterans’ prosthetics:


About Livewell Southwest CIC 

Livewell Southwest is an independent social enterprise (Community Interest Company) providing integrated health and social care services for people in Plymouth, and community health services in South Hams and West Devon as well as some specialist services for those living in other areas of Devon and Cornwall.

Livewell Southwest was recently rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission with ‘outstanding’ ratings for the services it delivers for people with learning disabilities in Plymouth and the acute mental health unit at Glenbourne.

Livewelly Southwest was previously known as Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC and changed its name in January 2016 to reflect the growth of the organisation to include social care in Plymouth and to include community health services in West Devon and South Hams.

The organisation which now employs over 2,900 staff, officially formed on 1 October 2011 as an independent health services provider separate to the commissioning organisation, NHS Plymouth. Livewell Southwest works as part of the NHS family in a similar way to GPs, Dentists and Pharmacies.


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