Whether you need a wheelchair permanently to get about, or you just require one for a particular occasion, using a wheelchair can give you extra independence and a sense of security.
Your local wheelchair service
The North West London Wheelchair Service is run by AJM Healthcare on behalf of the local NHS and provides assessments, provision of wheelchairs, specialist seating and repairs and maintenance.
You can contact the service yourself or be referred by a doctor, social worker or nurse.
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Hiring or buying a wheelchair privately
If you are not eligible for a wheelchair from the Wheelchair Service, or don't want to wait to be assessed by them, then you can considered privately hiring or buying a wheelchair yourself.
The Disability Living Foundation (DLF) provides a number of guides that can help you to choose the right wheelchair and other equipment, and give details of companies in the London area who hire out wheelchairs.
- manual wheelchairs
- all-terrain manual wheelchairs
- power assists for manual wheelchairs
- active user wheelchairs
- powered wheelchairs
- all-terrain powered wheelchairs
- wheelchairs with alternative propulsion.
You can also use the DLF's Ask Sara feature to assess your walking needs and, if appropriate, buy a suitable wheelchair for yourself.
Or you can hire a wheelchair from the British Red Cross.
There are many websites which sell wheelchairs online. We can’t recommend particular suppliers but we have provided some links to suppliers websites for you to look at: