Published on 18 November 2016
A new service provider is set to deliver Community Wheelchair Services for patients requiring the assessment, provision, maintenance and repair of wheelchairs and associated equipment, across North Yorkshire.
The project, to commission a new Community Wheelchair service, started in November 2015 when local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) joined forces to call for the opinions of local wheelchair users and clinicians. The information collected from conversations, surveys and drop-in sessions was used to shape the development of the new service.
With effect from the 1 December 2016, Nottingham Rehab Supplies (NRS) will deliver the new Community Wheelchair Service working closely with Blatchford Clinical Services, which will deliver the clinical assessment element of the service. The new providers will replace services currently delivered by Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust and Ross Care.
The overarching aim of the new Community Wheelchair Service is to ensure a safe, effective service that meets the individual needs of service users, their parents/carers and families through the timely assessment, provision, maintenance and repair of wheelchairs and associated equipment.
Information for service users
Patient data and service transfer
To ensure a smooth transition between service providers and in line with NHS Information Governance Toolkit requirements, all data from current service users that is held by existing providers will be transferred to NRS/Blatchfords. Harrogate and District Foundation Trust and Ross Carewill continue to provide services and accept referrals for wheelchairs until 30 November 2016. Any outstanding orders and referrals at the point of service transfer on 1 December will be passed to NRS.
After 1 December 2016, patients who are contacted to attend a follow-up appointment will be invited to attend a clinic at a choice of four sites::
- Blue Beck House, Bluebeck Drive, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5SF
- Springhill House, Springhill Close, Scarborough, YO12 4AD
- OT Department, Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, DL6 1JG
- Jennyfields Health Centre, Grantley Drive, Harrogate, HG3 2XT
Contact details for the new provider
From the 1 December 2016 NRS can be contacted between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Help and assistance is also available out of hours (evenings, weekends and bank holidays).
Telephone: 01904 654 052
Telephone (out of hours): 01904 654 052 calls will be redirected to the out of hours service.