Celebrating 10 years of wheelchair services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Celebrating 10 years of wheelchair services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Wheelchair Service celebrates 10 years of supporting patients across north Sefton, West Lancashire, Chorley and South Ribble.

The Wheelchair Service, based in Skelmersdale, has around 6000 patients and marked its anniversary by hosting an open day for patients past and present. The day was a chance for patients glimpse behind the scenes, including the stores and workshop. There was an opportunity to meet not just the therapists, but administration staff and those involved in the maintenance of th eir wheelchairs, some of whom they may never otherwise meet.

The service was set up to provide seamless care and support for all full-time wheelchair users across West Lancashire, Chorley and South Ribble and has been so successful it was recently extended to cover patients in north Sefton.

Yvonne Baron, Wheelchair Service Manager, set up the service in 2003.  She said: “It’s great to see the service going from strength to strength.

“We work hard to ensure we provide the best service possible for our patients, whilst striving to be cost efficient. We re-use and recycle everything, nothing is thrown away!”

Attendees also included Peter Cousins, Chief Executive at Brighter Future Workshop, a charity that provides new and recycled mobility at a cost effective price. The Wheelchair Service donates unwanted equipment to Brighter Future Workshop to enable it to be recycled and reused.

Peter, a wheelchair user himself, who was involved in setting up the original service, said: “I’m delighted to see how the Wheelchair Service has developed over the last 10 years.”

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