Wait for wheelchairs can be more than four months in East Yorkshire, figures reveal

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Some people in need of a wheelchair in the East Riding of Yorkshire are having to wait more than four months to get one from the NHS, figures reveal.

NHS guidelines permit 18 weeks for CCGs to deliver a wheelchair.

The figures show that 17 people waited longer than the 18-week window in the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG area between April and June.

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According to a report from the Bridlington Free Press, 73 people had a wheelchair or other equipment prescribed and delivered to them in that time, meaning the CCG had a success rate of just 77%.

It went on to detail how during the same three-month period, 43 adult patients were assessed as having high needs after being referred to wheelchair services, meaning they were fully dependent on a chair for all their mobility needs.

This is while 16% of them had to wait longer than eight weeks to be assessed, compared to 3% for those with a low or medium need.

A spokeswoman for NHS England commented: “While around 85% of children and adults are getting a wheelchair within the 18 week target, some people may have complex conditions and may wait longer for specialist equipment.”

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