Wheelchair and Special Seating Service

This service provides wheelchairs to people who have a permanent disability and whose ability to walk is therefore permanently restricted.

The wheelchair service will loan a wheelchair to anyone who has a long term mobility problem and is classified as unable, or virtually unable to walk indoors or outdoors. Short-term wheelchair loans (less than 6 months) are not provided.

The specialist seating service is provided for wheelchair clients to assist with postural support or pressure relief to improve function and to limit the progression of deformity / pressure injury.

The specialist seating service is for any wheelchair / pushchair user who has a complex permanent physical impairment whose needs cannot be met by standard commercially available equipment.

The service is for any person who:

  • Has a permanent disability (6 months or more)
  • Is a permanent resident and registered with a GP in the wheelchair service area
  • Is aged 30 months or over or has specialist seating needs
  • Eligibility Criteria

Coverage

Brighton, Hove, West Sussex

How To Access

Referral forms are accepted from health and social care professionals.

Once clients are registered with the wheelchair service, they can self-refer and contact the service directly for reassessment and advice.

If an assessment is required, the client will either be booked into a clinic at one of the wheelchair service localities or visited at home. Visits also take place in schools, day centres, care homes etc where necessary. The venue of the assessment will be based on individual need.

Any queries about the referral process should be directed to the relevant wheelchair team.

Contact Details

Service Manager
Ann Dyson
Sussex Rehabilitation Centre
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton BN2 3EX
Tel: 01273 242155
Email: ann.dyson@nhs.net

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm (excluding bank holidays).

Out of Hours Service

Telephone and leave a voicemail message with the relevant service. Messages will be dealt with as soon as possible on the following working day. For emergency repairs, contact AJM Healthcare on 01323 847250.

How to find us

The wheelchair service has four locality teams:

Brighton & Hove locality
Sussex Rehabilitation Centre
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton BN2 3EX
Tel: 01273 242156 or 242157
Fax: 01273 605063
Email: SC-TR.wheelchairadmin@nhs.net

Bognor locality (covering Bognor Regis, Chichester, Harting, Littlehampton, Loxwood, Midhurst, Petworth)

Richard Hotham Unit
Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital
Shripney Road
Bognor Regis PO22 9PP
Tel: 01243 623650
Fax: 01243 623652
Email: sc-tr.wheelchairservicebognor@nhs.net

Horsham locality (covering Burgess Hill, Copthorne, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Pulborough)

Horsham Hospital
Hurst Road
Horsham RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 227000 Ext.7160
Fax: 01273 254159
Email: sc-tr.wheelchairservicehorsham@nhs.net

Worthing locality (covering Findon, Henfield, Pulborough, Rustington, Shoreham, Southwick, Storrington, Worthing)

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre
Brighton General Hospital
Elm Grove
Brighton BN2 3EX
Tel: 01273 265850
Fax: 01273 242016
Email: sc-tr.wheelchairserviceworthing@nhs.net

The Worthing locality team also runs clinics from AJM Healthcare’s depot at:
AJM Healthcare
20 Timberlaine Estate
Decoy Rd
Worthing BN14 8ND
Tel: 01323 847250

Preferred wheelchair range

The service will usually issue wheelchairs from a preferred range. The preferred range lists wheelchairs that have been chosen because they will meet the needs of many clients, are adaptable and offer value for money. The service will provide wheelchairs from outside this range with special consideration.

More information

Repairs

AJM Healthcare, the service’s wheelchair maintenance contractor, provide a repair service for wheelchairs issued by the service. They can be contacted on 01323 847250.