West Berkshire Wheelchair Service provides wheelchairs and specialist seating services to the population of West Berkshire.
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.
We have close links with the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and the Dingley Child Development Centre.
Clients are seen in the most appropriate location for assessment whether it be the ward, Wheelchair Clinic, own home, community hospitals 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.
The wheelchairs are provided on a loan agreement that should the chair no longer be required, it will be returned to the wheelchair clinic.
Manager and Occupational Therapist: Paul Gent
Paediatric Specialist Occupational Therapist: Louise Phillips
Occupational Therapy Technician: Nathan Laws
Rehabilitation Engineer: Mike Gibbard
Administrators: Sean Iremonger and Carolyn Mollett
Our staff are experienced in the assessment and provision of wheelchairs; keeping up to date on evidence based practice by attending regular product awareness training sessions and undertaking continual professional development.
West Berkshire Wheelchair Service
Battle Block Outpatients & Therapies
Level 1, Battle Block
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Reading RG1 5AN
0118 322 6706 or
0118 322 7017
Fax: 0118 322 7972