West Berkshire Wheelchair Service provides wheelchairs and specialist seating services to the population of West Berkshire. We provide services for clients with long-term neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Motor Neuron Disease (MND), Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and brain injury, and also for those affected by conditions such as Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis and for clients who have amputations or other significant walking difficulties.
We also provide specialist paediatric services for children with posture and seating needs including clients with Cerebral Palsy; developmental delays; learning disabilities and motor function deficits.
We have close links with the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and the Dingley Child Development Centre.
Clients are seen in the most appropriate location for assessment whether it be the ward , Wheelchair Clinic, own home, community hospitals or special schools.
Therapists work closely with clients to assess their requirements for wheelchair provision, including children who require specialist seating and buggies.
We provide advice and training for users in their equipment, including powered wheelchair training.
We provide specialist seating for those with complex needs and run a monthly custom made seating clinics.
We also provide specialist pressure relief care.
Wheelchairs are issued from the department for patients on the wards and in community hospitals who require wheelchairs for prompt discharge.
The wheelchairs are provided on a loan agreement that should the chair no longer be required, it will be returned to the wheelchair clinic.
Our staff are experienced in the assessment and provision of wheelchairs; keeping up to date on evidence based practice by attending regular product awareness training sessions as well as the annual posture and mobility group meeting.