What does this service provide?

Who we are

Our clinic has access to many different specialists, including clinical engineers (lead clinicians), rehabilitation engineers, medical consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, orthotists, and specialist nurses.

What we do

We support children and young adults under the age of 19 who are having difficulties associated with undertaking activities of daily living, and who are finding commercially available assistive devices or local services are unable to meet their needs.

We provide a holistic approach, working with you, your family, and your local team, taking an overview of the issues you’re facing, working through what’s most important and prioritising areas for development.

We can:

  • provide support to develop alternative strategies to help you reach personal goals
  • provide recommendations for assistive technology
  • supply and fit custom made devices
  • provide the opportunity to try assessment equipment

What appointments are available during the clinic?

The ADL clinic links up with other clinics and services at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services (CHCS) depending on the referral and your individual needs. These appointments could include:

  • posture clinic
  • orthotic appointment
  • occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy assessments
  • switch access assessment
  • blood test
  • x-ray
  • medical/surgical opinion
  • trial of assessment equipment
  • modification of equipment
  • the fitting of and/or modification of custom made equipment for activities of daily living

Appointment information

Appointment types

Your assessment will last up to a week in total. Your initial appointment is normally on Monday morning and lasts approximately 3 hours. Additional appointments and assessments are arranged throughout the week.

Your first appointment will usually take place with our whole clinic team, where we will discuss your referral and any problems you are experiencing and what you hope to achieve from the clinic. We’ll also ask you some questions about your health and the equipment you use.

With your consent, we’ll take some pictures of you using your equipment for our medical records only. We’ll then carry out a physical examination – if possible, please wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Together we will determine the plan of action for the week, including what needs to be prioritised. At the end of the week, the team will meet with you to summarise the week’s activities, discuss recommendations, and answer any questions you may have.

You may be able to take equipment that we’ve made with you if it’s ready; if not, it will be sent on to you as soon as possible.

Our report will be sent to you and your GP and other relevant healthcare professionals within 6 weeks, documenting your assessment, our recommendations, and any actions.

Your care will then be returned to the local team who will follow up our recommendations.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

If you have any recent or relevant reports and any equipment you currently use or like to use, it would be helpful to bring them. On some occasions, we may ask for a video from home, which we’ll give you advance notice of.

Who you’ll see

We have access to many different specialists – you will see those relevant to your needs. Those specialists include:

  • clinical engineer and lead clinician
  • rehabilitation engineer
  • medical consultant
  • occupational therapist
  • physiotherapist
  • speech and language therapist
  • orthotist
  • specialist nurse

What happens if I require a new appointment?

A new referral will have to be made by a health care professional, and funding will need to be in place before an appointment can be offered.

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from GPs, local therapists, or any other healthcare professional.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.

Our service is available to children and young adults under the age of 19 (at the time of referral).

How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

Our ADL Clinic normally takes place in the first week of each month at Chailey Clinical Services. One patient is assessed at each clinic.

More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.

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