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Tuesday 26 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Introducing a Wheelchair

Reduced mobility may mean that a child needs to have a wheelchair provided. This may be a means of mobility that will be used frequently, or just occasionally for long distances.

Referral for a wheelchair or specialist buggy is made to the Derbyshire Wheelchair Service, where you will be assessed by specialists in this area.

Having a wheelchair for the first time is a big psychological milestone, both for your child and for you as parents. It can be helpful to consider the benefits of having a wheelchair and being able to increase independence and mobility.  The child and families needs will be assessed at the appointment 

In some cases, you may want a particular wheelchair which is not normally provided by the NHS. It may be possible to have a voucher towards the cost of this, and this should be discussed at your wheelchair appointment.  Alternatively charity funding may be sought.

You will be informed how to access a repair and maintenance service. If you have any concerns about your child's wheelchair, especially, if you think that it may be unsafe, make sure you contact the Derbyshire Wheelchair Service as a matter of urgency.

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