Description of service
The Wheelchair Service provides assessment for provision of a wheelchair when clients meet the eligibility criteria. Following assessment wheelchairs will be provided to meet clinical need.
The Service provides pressure relieving cushions for wheelchairs provided by Aston, Leigh and Wigan Wheelchair Services and where pressure is clinically assessed to be a problem.
Who can access the service?
Wheelchairs are provided for clients who are:
- A registered patient of an ALW NHS GP or an unregistered permanent resident of the Wigan borough
- Due to medical reasons be unable to walk indoors
- Require the wheelchair for longer than six months
If a person is not eligible for a wheelchair from our Service we will give other alternatives dependant on situation e.g. charities, sources of hire and private purchase.
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How can people access the service?
Initial referrals have to be from a health professional, but once known to the Wheelchair Service subsequent referrals can be self referrals or from professional or carer with client consent.
- Wigan Wheelchair Referral Form
- Wheelchair Eligibility Criteria
- Pressure Assessment / Cushion Review Questionnaire
Where is the service offered?
Clients can be assessed in the wheelchair clinic at Claire House, at home or other suitable venues e.g. day centre/ward. The assessment venue will depend on the type of assessment required.
Lower Ince Health Centre
Tel: 01942 481162
Fax: 01942 481175
You can contact the Service by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm.
For repairs to NHS chairs on loan from our the Wigan Borough Wheelchair Service please contact:
Telephone: 0151 653 6000
They operate 24hr out of hours emergency repairs service.
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Wheelchair Voucher Scheme
We participate in the Wheelchair Voucher Scheme. It is a scheme intended to offer a greater choice of wheelchairs to people with mobility needs. It allows you to add your own money to the value of the wheelchair prescribed by the NHS in order for you to upgrade your wheelchair.
Under the scheme there are three options, following assessment and prescription:
- Free NHS wheelchair
- Partnership Option
- Independent option
For further information about the Voucher Scheme please contact the Wheelchair Service.