The wheelchair service is available to everyone over the age of 30 months who is struggling to walk on a permanent basis (for more than six months).
Our team of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, assistant practitioners and support staff can offer advice and assistance in setting up, maintaining and reviewing your new wheelchair or special seating.
Our team provide wheelchair services for adults and children who have a limited mobility due to ill health, disability or frailty.
You can be referred to us through different services, including:
- Therapy staff
- Social services staff
How to get an NHS wheelchair
Ask your health or social care professional to refer you to our service. Our team will assess your needs and decide if you meet the criteria and, if so, what type may suit you best.
If you decide you do not want an NHS wheelchair please ask us about personal budgets.
To qualify to the wheelchair service you will have limited mobility that lasts more than six months due to ill health, disability or frailty.
If you require a wheelchair on a temporary basis (for example, if you break your leg) you will be provided one after being discharged while you recover. Please return this to the Trust when you no longer need it.
Choosing a wheelchair
You can get manual or electric wheelchairs. Each have their own benefits and our team will work with you to figure you which is right for you and your needs.
When looking at wheelchairs make sure you think about:
- If you are going to be pushing yourself or be pushed by someone else
- How often you need to use it
- If you need to use it indoors, outdoors or both
- If it needs to go into a care home (for size and accessibility)
- How comfortable it is
- How much it costs to maintain and repair (if you decide to opt for additional accessories or a non-NHS wheelchair)
Making a referral
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
University Hospital of Hartlepool
Newtown Community Resource Centre
Durham Road, Stockton, TS19 0DE