Warrington Disability Partnership has launched a new mobility retail store in Warrington Hospital as part of a service to provide information, advice and guidance on disability matters.
The service is being supported by the Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and 10 local businesses.
The move is part of the group’s increasing diversification. Speaking to AMP in March, CEO, Dave Thompson, said that mobility companies must adapt to the changing market.
More than 30 guests were present at the official opening event including the Mayor of Warrington, representatives from health, social care, local businesses and members of WDP’s Board of Trustees and staff.
Thompson said: “There are nearly 14 million reasons why this service is needed, as there are 14 million disabled people living in the UK and 60,000 live in Warrington and Halton. That’s not to mention 40,000 carers.”
Each week hundreds of people leave Warrington Hospital’s wards or outpatient departments facing a new life after a diagnosis of a debilitating and often long-term health condition, affecting their everyday lives at home and in work.
Steve Mcguirk, chair at the Trust, said: “This new service will provide our patients and staff with direct access to mobility and independent living products, as well as peer support, information, advice and guidance to disabled people, from disabled people, at the point where people need it most.”
Thompson added: “This will help to rebuild confidence, improve self-esteem and enable disabled people to have more independence and choices on how they live.”
The new service has provided employment to two disabled people and is located in the orthopaedic fracture clinic, at the rear of the Warrington Hospital site.