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Common criteria for providing powered wheelchairs should be agreed by wheelchair service centres

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:605
  1. Christopher W Roy, Consultant in rehabilitation medicinea
  1. a Southern General Hospital NHS Trust, Glasgow G51 4TF

    Editor—Powered wheelchairs have been available for indoor use from the NHS for many years. The Department of Health recently allocated funds to health authorities in England so that they could provide powered wheelchairs for outdoor use. The department's guidelines encourage authorities to develop their own criteria for determining who is entitled to these chairs.1

    In Scotland powered wheelchairs for both indoor and outdoor use are already available through the NHS and all five wheelchair service centres agreed common criteria for determining who is entitled to one. To establish whether …

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