VA, Navy Open Prosthetics Lab in Oceanside
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) opened a 1,330-square-foot prosthetics lab at the VA San Diego Healthcare System's Oceanside Clinic, California. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the prosthetic clinic is a partnership between the VA and the U.S. Navy to serve VA patients, active-duty service members, military retirees, and their family members.
The facility will be managed by the VA's prosthetics service and will include a full-time prosthetist and two support staff. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will also have a prosthetist, two physical therapists, and a technician on-site. Initially, the VA and DoD will provide separate care for their respective patients, but plan to merge services in the future. Appointment scheduling and medical records will remain separate at this time.