A specialist driving assessment centre has launched in Thetford with the help of TGA Mobility, which hosted a mobility scooter test track for health professionals to get hands-on with its latest equipment.
Charity East Anglian DriveAbility (EAD) is part of the Driving Mobility network of assessment centres which is supported by the Department for Transport.
Its centres at Thetford and Colchester offer professional support and driving assessments to people who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.
The opening of extended facilities at its Thetford centre attracted high numbers of visitors particularly healthcare professionals from the NHS and private practice.
Attendees were keen to see the new facilities at the centre and meet representatives from TGA Mobility who provided information and advice regarding mobility scooters.
Many of the OTs found the event informative, especially regarding scooters and how these products can provide wellbeing benefits and greater inclusion to their clients.
TGA’s track allowed visitors to test the folding TGA Minimo Plus 4 alongside the larger Vita S mobility scooter.
The course included simulated obstacles such as kerbs, slopes and road crossings – supported by advice regarding the Highway Code from TGA’s Dom Walbanke.
Walbanke said: “The EAD event was excellent as it provided an opportunity for us to explain the benefits of mobility scooter ownership face-to-face with OTs. We were able to illustrate how specific Class 2 and 3 products can assist with certain conditions and demonstrate why scooters facilitate enablement in the community.
“TGA regularly works closely with OTs in terms of WHILL Powerchair, wheelchair powerpack and StrongBack wheelchairs, however this event demonstrated to professionals how our scooter range is equally as appropriate.
“Our structured and client-focused assessment process was also discussed which ensures appropriate products are supply to maximise independence and safety.
“A large number of therapists test drove the Vita S around the course and commented on how stable it was over bumps and during turns as well as the foldable Minimo Plus 4.”