The commissioning of wheelchair services in the borough of Croydon will change hands in October.
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust is the current wheelchair service provider in the borough, serving up to 6,000 adults and children in the area.
But according to Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) latest annual report, the service is soon to be arranged differently.
The report said: “Following recent discussions between Croydon CCG and Croydon Health Service it has been agreed that from 1st October 2018 the wheelchair service will no longer be commissioned from Croydon Health Services.
“New arrangements will be agreed and announced once confirmed.”
“Once new arrangements are established, compliance with the waiting time standard for children’s wheelchairs will be delivered by the end of 2019.”
It said that the monitoring of the 18 week waiting time for children receiving a wheelchair, or modification to an existing wheelchair, will continue.
In the report, it was revealed that 46 children had to wait more than 18 weeks for a wheelchair last year.
A third of these cases were closed, which is 3% more than the proportion for the same period in 2016/17.
Patients are not supposed to wait more than 18 weeks from their referral for their first long-term wheelchair or a replacement piece of equipment.
Meanwhile, there were 195 adults who had to wait more than 18 weeks for a wheelchair in Croydon last year.
According to NHS England figures for the country, more than 5,000 children waited more than 18 weeks for a wheelchair last year. This is a very slight improvement on the year before.
As part of NHS England’s improvement plans for CCGs, wheelchair waiting times are included and the aim is to get 100% of cases to within the 18 week waiting time from referral to receiving equipment.