What's in a name?

The first Odstock stimulator was designed in about 1988. In those days the there was two hospitals in Salisbury, Salisbury General Infirmary and Odstock Hospital. Odstock was built in the second world war by American forces to take the wounded and was named after the close by Odstock village, some 3km outside Salisbury. After the war it was given over to civilian service and became a regional centre for spinal cord injuries, burns and plastics and rehabilitation. In 1990 the Odstock site was greatly expanded and modernized and the services provided by the infirmary moved up to Odstock. At that time the name was changed to Salisbury District Hospital. However, we had already got used to the name Odstock Dropped Foot Stimulator so we did not change the name. Occasionally, it is true, it has been referred to as the Odd Sock dropped foot stimulator but we remain loyal to old name and the institution that originated the FES work. The USA flag is still flown on the 4th of July outside the hospital in recognition of the hospital's origins. Odstock is now a registered trade name for our stimulator range.

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