Hi Mr Bardsley… was in the same boat couple of months ago…knew nothing!
But now happily I can tell you how to do it. Ask your GP to refer you to your local wheelchair services. You then get an appointment to go along. A physiotherapist assesses you (which with me was nothing more than watching me walk in the room). They then say if you can have one… my manual was delivered 2 days later!!!
The only hold up in the process was after I saw the GP I waited 2 months and then phoned the GP… to be told that although the GP had put ‘patient wants wheelchair’ in notes had neglected to actually refer me!
They then did refer me and I got a letter a few days later.
They are on the NHS… and it is really ‘on loan’. In other words they will maintain it, give it a yearly sevice, come out to you if you have any problems, replace it if need be.
Go and see your GP and get that wheelchair!
Also, as I’m about to advise Amazon Lady, think about getting a scooter first. If your walking is still ok for short distances but you can’t manage shopping etc, a scooter can be a great help. You can park it outside small shops or cafes and is great for carrying shopping on.
Now I don’t think you can get them on the NHS (although I did see one inside wheelchair services so maybe you can? anyone know?). If you are on high mobility DLA you can use that payment to lease one off Motorbility. Also you can often get them second-hand. Let me know if you want more info.
Hope this helps Mr B,