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Lincolnshire Wheelchair Service

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Service user forums: tell us what you think

We would love to hear your views on what you like about our service and what you think we can improve. As a wheelchair user or a parent or carer of a wheelchair user your experience and knowledge about what you need from our service is invaluable and we ask you to share it with us.

If you would like an opportunity to shape the service for your future and those of wheelchair users in the future please contact nrs.lincolnshirewheelchairs@nhs.net.

We will keep you updated on this page for events coming in the future.

Self-referrals to the wheelchair service

If you think you may be eligible for a funded wheelchair through our service, please complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you.

Wheelchair self service form

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What’s new?

Wheelchair app developed to help manual wheelchair users

An educational smartphone app launched for users of manual wheelchairs is designed to give mobility and independence.

The app which can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store by searching for 'MWG Manual', has been jointly developed by The United Spinal Association and the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh in the USA.

The app includes wheelchair skills videos, illustrations on wheelchair types, parts and accessories as well as customisable to-do lists and the ability to take notes and videos within the app.

Useful downloads

What to expect when you come to a Wheelchair Service Clinic

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Information for powered wheelchair users

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FAQs

I think I need a wheelchair, how do I get one?

You can be referred to NRS Healthcare by your GP, therapist, district nurse or Macmillan nurse. Please discuss your needs and any difficulties you are experiencing without a wheelchair at your next appointment.

If your health and social care professional believes you are eligible for a wheelchair and you will benefit from one, they will refer you to our service.

You won’t need to do anything – they’ll send all of the details to us.

What happens after I’ve been referred?

We will telephone you to discuss your needs. If your needs are not complex and it’s believed a standard wheelchair will suit them; we’ll be able to send one straight out to you.

If we think your needs are more complex we’ll invite you to attend a clinic appointment with one of our therapists.

If I need an assessment where will it take place?

We’ll contact you to arrange a convenient time and ask you to come to one of the following locations:

  1. TBC

If you can’t make the journey to one of our clinics, we can arrange to visit your home. The wait for a home visit might be longer than an appointment in a clinic. This will be discussed when we contact you to arrange your assessment.

If there is anything you need to bring with you to the assessment we’ll let you know in advance.

What happens during my assessment?

Our qualified clinicians will talk to you about your daily life, your desired outcomes and what you hope to achieve. They can also talk to your carers and/or family if you would like them to and if it’s relevant to your situation.

We’ll consider your lifestyle and how you wish to live and we’ll make a recommendation.

If you are eligible for a wheelchair and the clinician believes this is the best solution for you, we’ll let you know what chair would be best for you and when to expect delivery. If you need a standard wheelchair with no modifications, it is often possible for you to take your wheelchair home with you to start using it immediately.

If you aren’t eligible for a funded wheelchair then we’ll talk about your other options. During your assessment please feel free to ask any questions you might have, we want to address any concerns, no matter how small.

When will my wheelchair be ready?

It may be we can supply a wheelchair immediately. However more specialist chairs may take a little longer. We’ll keep in touch with you and arrange a convenient time to deliver, or for you to collect your wheelchair.

How do I know if my home is suitable for a wheelchair?

Most standard doorways will be wide enough to accommodate a standard wheelchair. If you have any concerns please discuss this is your assessment and with your health and social care professional.

Will you review my needs often?

We’ll agree a review date when you receive your wheelchair. This will depend on your level of need. Our customer services team will contact you around the review time to arrange a convenient time for you. We may conduct reviews as an online survey, a telephone survey or as a physical appointment.

If you feel your needs have changed and you need a review before the agreed date, you can self-refer and contact us directly.

To self-refer please contact us by email on: nrs.lincolnshirewheelchairs@nhs.net

What happens if my wheelchair needs repairing?

If your wheelchair needs repairing, contact the repair service on phone 0808 169 9677 who will arrange for an engineer to attend.

If our engineer is not able to repair your chair at your home, they may have to take it to our service centre in York. Where possible we will issue you a temporary chair while the repair is taking place. If you are able to get to the service centre yourself – we may be able to repair your chair whilst we wait, your engineer will discuss this with you.

What happens if my wheelchair needs repairing when you’re closed?

If you experience a problem with your wheelchair out of our standard office hours (8am-5pm) we can still help you. Please call Phone 0808 169 9677 and you will be transferred to our out of hours engineer who will be able to help.

How do I arrange for my wheelchair to be serviced?

If you feel your wheelchair needs servicing please contact our repair services on Phone 0808 169 9677.

Can I make modifications to the wheelchair myself?

No, you shouldn’t modify the chair yourself. If you want to modify your equipment, please contact to the clinical team on nrs.lincolnshirewheelchairs@nhs.net so that they can understand why you feel you need to modify your chair as they will be able to find the best solution for you. Modifications can be added to the chair but only by one of our approved technicians.

Do I need an appointment to visit my local service centre?

Clinics run in each centre on a day-to-day basis. Please book an appointment if you need to be re-assessed or work needs carrying out to your chair, this makes sure we have the staff and equipment to help you.

Please call on 0808 169 9677 or email on nrs.lincolnshirewheelchairs@nhs.net to arrange an appointment.

How do I arrange for transport to an appointment?

Please call the patient transport service for your local area: If your GP is in Lincolnshire please call the Yorkshire Ambulance Service on phone 0300 300 3434 to make arrangements for a pick-up or to cancel a booked transport – opening hours are 8am–6pm.

You can find out further information here https://www.emas.nhs.uk/your-service/patient-transport-service

What if I feel I no longer need my wheelchair?

Please discuss your thoughts with your health and social care professional and they will be able to advise according. If they agree you no longer need your wheelchair please contact us on phone 0808 169 9677 to arrange collection.

All equipment is on loan to you and remains the property of the wheelchair service, so you must arrange for collection rather than selling the equipment, passing it onto someone else or disposing of it.

What is a virtual clinic/assessment?

Our virtual assessments/clinics are carried out through a programme called TEAMS.

If we invite you to attend a virtual assessment/clinic, we’ll provide you with more information about what you can expect and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

ORCHA – Health apps library

Health apps can provide round-the-clock support and guidance for people and their carers.

Our Digital Health Library provided by ORCHA has hundreds of tried and tested health apps to choose from.

Apps are available with a wide range of topics including:

  • mental health support
  • support to quit smoking
  • carer support
  • supporting people living with dementia and many more

All the apps in our library have been assessed for their clinical and digital safety.

To find out more and access the apps please visit nrs.orcha.co.uk

Feedback

If you would like to comment, compliment or complain about our service please use one of these methods to get in touch:

0808 169 9677

nrs.lincolnshirewheelchairs@nhs.net

or complete the form to arrange a callback