Wheelchair and Special Seating Service

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  • 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.