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Would we qualify for a electric scooter from the NHS?

sheldonbilly1Asheldonbilly1A Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello 👋 My husband had a stroke 8 years ago, he is paralysed down his left side , at the moment I have to push him in a manual wheelchair, I suffer from siatica and sometimes struggle to push him, would we qualify for a electric scooter from the NHS ? 


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  • AlexAlex Posts: 1,325 Scope community team
    Hi  @sheldonbilly1A

    Welcome to the community. We've got some info about NHS wheelchair services on our website.

    Hope that helps.
  • mehrfarbigmehrfarbig Member Posts: 33 Connected
    From my understanding most do not provide mobility scooters. My area for example only provide powered wheelchairs for full time use.
  • Jean_OTJean_OT Member Posts: 532 Pioneering
    Hi @sheldonbilly1A

    Unfortunately, I think it is highly unlikely that your husband will be able to get a scooter via the NHS.

    Each NHS Wheelchair clinic has some discretion over their allocation criteria so provision does vary from one area to another. However, generally speaking NHS wheelchair clinics do not provide scooters, instead addressing those that needs powered mobility assistance with an electric wheelchair or an electric powerpack fitted to a manual chair. They will not normally provide an electric wheelchair unless it is needed for both indoor and outdoor use.

    Others have already given you some good links to explore alternative possibilities for obtaining a scooter yourselves and if you decide to go down that route you may find this DLF factsheet of interest: https://www.dlf.org.uk/factsheets/scooter

    I get the impression from your original post that your husband currently uses a standard manual wheelchair that you have to push because he is unable to self propel due to his left hand side hemiplegia resulting from the stroke. For the stake of a comprehensive response I wanted to mention that it is also possible to obtain manual wheelchairs that can be propelled be a disabled person using only one hand  (see: https://mobilitybasics.ca/wheelchairs/onearmdrives for an overview ) An appropriate manual chair can sometimes have advantages over a powerchair for some people, such as helping to maintain fitness and being easier to transport. Obviously I have no idea if this would be a suitable or viable option for your husband but I wanted to mention it just in case.

    So in summary even through the NHS wheelchair clinic is unlikely to be able to supply a scooter it would be wise to ask your GP for a referral there to see if there is any other way they can assist you and your husband.

    Best Wishes

    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • atlas46atlas46 Community champion Posts: 827 Pioneering

    Best bet is the motability trust, they provide grants.

    I would also contact the Stroke Unit, where your husband was treated, ask for the OT.

    Most councils have, scooter schemes for town centre shopping, usual modest annual fee.

    Check if there is a local stroke club near you, they might know charities that might help.

    Keep us informed.

    Best wishes

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