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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Gait Laboratory

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FAQs

Do I need to confirm my appointment?

If you wish to attend the appointment you have been allocated you must confirm by calling us on:

  • 01865 227609 or 07876 654082

as soon as possible after receiving the appointment.

If the appointment is not confirmed, the slot may be offered to another patient.

What if I can't attend my appointment?

Please contact us on:

  • 01865 227609 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday

so that we can make an alternative appointment.

Where do I go for my appointment?

Please report to the Tebbit Centre reception. The Oxford Gait Laboratory is behind the Tebbit Centre, and you will be directed there.

Is there car parking available?

Car parking is pay and display, apart from registered disabled displaying the appropriate badge.

For more information please see:

What do I need to bring?

Gait analysis: shorts and T-shirt.

If it is usual for you to wear splints/orthoses, use a stick or walking frame etc., then please bring these with you. As the appointment is quite long, feel free to bring a drink or snack.

For more information please see:

Upper limb assessment: sleeveless shirt/vest and any splints you are using.

Will gait analysis be painful?

No. 3D gait analysis is a non-invasive process. All the markers and EMGs will be stuck to the surface of your skin and removed after data collection.

How long does a gait analysis / upper limb assessment take?

Gait analysis: a full 3D gait analysis will take between two and three hours. A video analysis will take about one and a half hours. In any case, you will only be walking for part of this time, and will be allowed as much rest time as you need.

Upper limb assessment: the data collection for the upper limb assessment will take approximately one hour.

Who will be there?

Gait analysis: you will be seen by a physiotherapist who will carry out the clinical examination and assist you during the walking phase of the gait analysis. An engineer will also be there to control and co-ordinate the collection of data.

Occasionally, there may be an extra person observing for training purposes, as the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre is a teaching hospital.

How long will it take to get the results?

The results will be sent to the person who referred the patient within four to five weeks. We will also send a copy to the patient's physiotherapist or other Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre health professionals involved. The patient will also receive a copy of the report.

Can private patients be seen?

Yes, please contact us for costs and further information.

Alternatively your health insurance company may cover your gait analysis / upper limb assessment. Please contact them to find out.