The Disablement Services Centre provides a sub-regional specialist rehabilitation service for the area, delivering:
* Wheelchairs and special seating
* Environmental control services
* Outpatient prosthetics
There are currently 640,000 users of NHS wheelchairs in the UK with some 70,000 manual wheelchairs being issued annually.
The Wheelchair and Special Seating is responsible for around 25,000 wheelchair users throughout the Bristol, Bath and North Somerset areas as well as Gloucestershire. We are issuing around 6,000 items of equipment a year including not only simple wheelchairs but also complex, frequently individually manufactured specialist seating systems, pressure relieving cushions and other accessories.
The Environmental Controls provides equipment to enable severely disabled people to live more independently in their homes. This equipment requires the service user to be able to operate some form of switch from which we can enable them to operate a wide range of electrical appliances and other equipment by remote control. This will normally follow a comprehensive assessment of ability and need.
The Prosthetic Service provides an out-patient rehabilitation service for 1,800 amputees who live in Bristol, Gloucestershire, the Bath and North East Somerset area, West Wiltshire and North Somerset.
Each year 150 new amputees are referred to the service for assessment and provision of prostheses.
Our Orthotics team provide assessment and provision of a wide range of orthotic equipment through regular out-patient clinics across the area, Southmead Hospital Bristol, Cossham Hospital, Yate West Gate Centre as well as satellite clinics at Frome, Wells and Shepton Mallett.