Wheelchair provision - short-term loans: guidance

Statutory guidance on the provision of wheelchairs on short term loan to support rehabilitation and independence.

Action Points

Health Boards, local authorities and Integration Authorities must have suitable arrangements in place to meet any eligible needs for a wheelchair on short-term loan, for up to a maximum of 6 months, to ensure no gaps in service provision.

These arrangements must also be monitored, and reported within the Integration Authority.

Options should include:

  • exploring the opportunity to utilise local Community Equipment service joint stores which offer the logistics and systems to easily provide, maintain, and monitor this provision;
  • where there is limited infrastructure via joint store services, consideration of commissioning other services e.g. Red Cross to provide this service


Email: HSCIntegration@gov.scot

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