Bexley Wheelchair Service
If you use a wheelchair or have just been advised that you may need one, the wheelchair service based at Inspire is here to help. We provide a comprehensive service for people of all ages with long-term mobility problems and associated postural needs, and work within an agreed list of criteria. Our expert knowledge will help ensure that you get the right equipment to meet your needs, and once on our books we will continue to support you on an ongoing basis, be there to help, and to maintain the wheelchair we have issued to you.
How to access this service
This service is available to adults and children with a long-term disability (lasting more than six months) who are registered with a Bexley GP.
Using the Service
You will need a referral from your doctor or another healthcare professional (such as an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, district nurse). If you are already known to the service, you can contact us directly without needing a new referral. Telephone number 020 3045 3755.
All referrals are looked at by our therapy team and prioritised. A member of our team will contact you to find out more about you and your mobility needs. You may require a face-to-face assessment; this may be in our clinic, or in your own home or school. At this appointment we will discuss what equipment you might need, trial some equipment and agree what we can provide that will meet your mobility needs (plus any other postural and pressure care items).
The equipment is then ordered, and when ready will be handed over to you and adjusted to suit as appropriate by either a member of the therapy team or by the wheelchair contractors, Serco. (Please see below for more information about Serco).
Referral form for professionals: (referral form for professionals)
Referral/Prescription form for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
(referral form for O/Ts/Physiotherapists)
Wheelchair contractors (Serco)
Serco provides a mobile repair service to our fleet of wheelchairs (you should not attempt to repair your wheelchair yourself). This work can be carried out in your own home (or school or day centre by arrangement if this is where you spend your time during each day). They also do deliveries and collections, and will recondition our wheelchairs that have been returned (where possible). They are based in Mitcham, Surrey.
Opening hours: 09.00 – 17.00; Mon – Fri
Phone: 020 8665 9098
Fax: 020 8665 9954
Other useful information
We strongly recommend you protect your wheelchair from damage, theft and personal liability as the wheelchair service cannot guarantee repair or replacement of wheelchairs if your is lost or damaged. We do not accept responsibility for damage or injury caused by the use of a powered wheelchair. You may find the following companies useful in sourcing insurance:
- Fish Insurance Tel: 0800 088 3047 www.fishinsurance.co.uk
- Chartwell Insurance Tel: 0800 089 0146 www.chartwellinsurance.co.uk
- Premier Care Tel: 01476 591104 www.premiercare.info
- More than Mobility Tel: 0808 163 7003 www.morethanmobility.com
Queen Elizabeth Foundation (www.qef.org.uk)
Offers practical advice, assessment and training for those wishing to drive or increase their mobility through car adaptations or wheelchairs.
Welling Mobility (www.welling-mobility.co.uk)
Purchase and hire of scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility aids
Kent Mobility (www.kentmobility.co.uk)
Based in Tonbridge, Kent. Supply, service and repair of mobility aids and mobility equipment
RMS Ltd (www.ineedawheelchair.co.uk)
Based in Gillingham, Kent. An approved agent for many wheelchair manufacturers.
Schemes operate in Bexleyheath and Bluewater shopping centres. Hire of manual and powered wheelchairs.
Provide wheelchair and buggy accessories, including rainhoods and sun canopies, and waterproof capes.
Specialist clothing for adults and children with disabilities.