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1:31 Hours
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3:13 Hours
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0118 322 6706

0118 322 7017

Repairs (Rosscare) 0333 234 0303

Address

Level 1, Battle Block
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road
Reading
Berkshire RG1 5AN

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Specialist Rehabilitation Engineer-Wheelchair Service

Wheelchair Clinic

West Berkshire Wheelchair Service provides wheelchairs and specialist seating services to the local community.

We provide services for clients with long-term neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and brain injury, who are unable to walk indoors.

We also provide specialist paediatric services for children with posture and seating needs including clients with Cerebral Palsy; learning disabilities and motor function deficits.

Patients are seen in the most appropriate location for assessment such as wards, clinic, at home, community hospital, or special schools. Therapists work closely with clients to assess their requirements for wheelchair provision, including children who require specialist seating and buggies. We provide advice and training for users with their equipment, including powered wheelchair training. We provide specialist seating for those with complex needs and run a monthly custom made seating clinics. We also provide specialist pressure relief care for wheelchairs issued from the clinic.

Wheelchairs are issued from the department for patients on the wards, and in community hospitals who will be long term users require wheelchairs for prompt discharge.

We do not accept self-referrals. Referrals must be completed by a consultant, GP or registered healthcare professional.

Wheelchairs are provided on a loan agreement that should the chair no longer be required, it will be returned to the wheelchair clinic.

Vouchers for wheelchairs are available for people wishing to purchase chairs not available through the NHS. More information can be found in the leaflet entitled 'Wheelchair Independent Voucher Scheme'.

Appointments

Appointments are between 8.00am and 4.00pm.

We hold regular clinics in the West Berkshire Wheelchair Clinic at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading; West Berkshire Community Hospital in Thatcham; the MS Centre in Reading; Beecher Hall Nursing Home in Reading.

We are able to arrange appointments at home or residential home if the client is unable to attend a clinic. In special circumstances we will review clients in nursing homes.

Eligibility Criteria

The wheelchair service will only provide wheelchairs to users who are unable to mobilise and who require the wheelchair indoors.

We do not provide wheelchairs for outdoor use only or for portering in nursing/residential homes.

We only provide wheelchairs to temporary users in exceptional circumstances

Clients must have a GP in Berkshire West.

Electric wheelchairs may be provided to clients who are unable to walk or self propel indoors and can operate the electric wheelchair safely and independently themselves.

We are not commissioned to provide electric wheelchairs for outdoor use only which may be available via the Motability scheme.