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People asked for their views on specialist equipment

11th August 2017 | By Melanie Shilton | Posted in

People living in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland who use specialist mobility and control equipment are being asked to share their views on the services that provide these items.

NHS commissioners are arranging new contracts for the service that provides wheelchairs, orthotics and prosthetics, as the current contract, held by Blatchford, expires in March 2018.

The CCG and NHS England would like to hear from people who use the following specialist equipment:

  • Wheelchairs (manual and powered), specialist buggies and pressure relief cushions.
  • Orthotics devices, such as insoles and braces that support the body, encourage active lifestyles and reduce pain or pathological changes.
  • Prosthetics: limbs for amputees.

Sarah Prema, Director of Strategy and Implementation at Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is an opportunity to make the service the best that it can be. Both children and adults use this equipment and we need to make sure the new contract has everything in it to deliver a service that really meets their needs. So we want to know what people think of the current service, what is important to them and what would make it better.

“We would also like to hear from other people, such as carers, who are interested in giving their views.”

The survey can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WOPservices . Paper copies are also available and can be collected from GP practices and from the specialist mobility clinic. The survey is open until 16th October 2017.

If people have any queries about the survey they can email joanne.ryder@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk or call 0116 295 1123.

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