Driving improvements to wheelchair services

We’ve been working with the Kent Physical Disability Forum for over a year now to help improve the wheelchair service for thousands of people in Kent.
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Summary

We've heard a range of stories about long waiting times for a wheelchair and lengthy delays when the wheelchair needs fixing. Here are just a few examples.

I waited 330 days since I was referred by my MS nurse for the wheelchair service to assess me. I then had to wait another 69 days for the actual wheelchair
— Patient
The only way my wife can get to her appointments is on a stretcher as we are still waiting for her wheelchair to be repaired.
— Patient

Key highlights

  • The CCG have reviewed the service and made significant investment to fund action and improvements

  • The average waiting time for patients to receive a wheelchair has reduced

  • The number of people waiting more than 10 days for their wheelchair to be repaired has also reduced
  • Millbrook are doing more to hear directly from service users about their experience of the service
  • The number of complaints about the service has reduced and patient feedback is starting to be more positive

Downloads

You can read all the progress in our report below.  

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Healthwatch Kent Wheelchair service Impact report

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