The NHS Wheelchair Service.


The provision of wheelchairs by the NHS can be incredibly beneficial. If you believe that you are entitled to an NHS wheelchair and would benefit from one, we encourage you to contact your local wheelchair services. It’s important to note that each area has its own set of criteria, so it’s essential to find out what the criteria are for your specific location. By doing so, you can ensure that you receive the appropriate assistance and support.

Once you are accepted as being entitled to a wheelchair, the next decision will be as to what type of wheelchair they are willing to provide. Remember, this is based on actual needs, not on what you would personally like. If you can justify why you need a specific chair, or extra functions above the basic then you may or may not be given that chair. The NHS wheelchair services have a limited budget which they have to spend carefully in order that they may enable as many people as possible to be mobile.

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If you are able to self-propel, or are unable to operate a powerchair you will almost certainly be provided with a manual wheelchair to push yourself about, or for another person to push you in. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a supportive seat/cushion though so make sure they are suitable for your needs. In some specific circumstances you may be provided with a powerchair that has a control for someone else to drive the chair for you.

Someone who is unable to push themselves in a manual chair will usually be provided with a powered wheelchair, unless this would be considered dangerous, or their home is unsuitable. NHS wheelchairs are generally designed to be indoor chairs, so yes you may go shopping, school, college, etc… whilst using them, but don’t expect them to be able to be used on rougher terrain.

Further information can be found below:


Junior Doctors Strike.


Today, the Junior Doctors are embarking on a four-day strike. It is hoped that the Government will take notice and intervene before the situation becomes a disaster. While the NHS and the Government have warned that this strike will put more lives at risk, it is important to note that the healthcare system is already suffering from a shortage of doctors, nurses, and other staff due to Brexit and inadequate wages.

Some may argue that the Junior Doctors are being greedy, but it is crucial to recognise the long and gruelling hours they work to keep us all safe and healthy. These Junior Doctors are the future of the medical profession, and if they are not treated fairly now, they may leave the profession or take their expertise abroad when we need them most.

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In the future, it is possible that Junior Doctors will earn high wages. However, it is important to remember that they must first pay for their extensive training, which often results in significant loans that must be repaid over time.

While the potential for high earnings may be enticing, it is crucial to consider the financial burden that comes with pursuing a career in medicine. Junior Doctors must invest a significant amount of time and money into their education and training before they can even begin to reap the benefits of their hard work.

It is true that thousands of appointments have been cancelled or postponed due to the strike, but the reality is that this has been happening even before the strike due to a lack of staff and time. The question we must ask ourselves is whether we can afford to lose more doctors and healthcare professionals. The answer is a resounding no. It is time for the Government to take action and address the concerns of the Junior Doctors to ensure the future of our healthcare system.

Unwell, or need someone to talk to.

Feeling unwell?

In the event of a life-threatening emergency, 999 immediately. Text relay users can also call 18000 to get through to 999.

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No need to worry, as there are several ways to get the medical help you need. One option is to use the NHS 111 service, which can be accessed through their website at This service can provide you with valuable medical information and guide you in the right direction for the help you require.

For those who require assistance in other ways, there are additional options available. Text relay users can call 18001 111 using text relay, 24 hours a day. British Sign Language (BSL) users can access the service through

If you require an interpreter, call 111 and ask for assistance in your preferred language. Don’t let feeling unwell ruin your bank holiday – take advantage of these resources to get the help you need.

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Need someone to talk to?

If so then have a look on this website it lists various helplines you can phone. Also if you feel more secure doing so by text, or struggle to use a phone, there are some text/messenger/email options on some of the helplines you can access too. Please seek help if you are struggling!!

The Ripple Effect of Poor Housing


The problem of substandard housing goes beyond the walls of one’s home. It has a significant impact on an individual’s overall well-being, both physically and mentally. For those with disabilities, inadequate housing can impede their ability to access basic facilities and navigate their living space, affecting not only the individual but also their loved ones. Additionally, the resulting health issues can place a strain on the NHS and social care budgets, leading to increased costs. It is crucial that we address the issue of poor housing to ensure that everyone has access to safe and suitable living conditions. By doing so, we can improve the quality of life for individuals and reduce the burden on healthcare and social services.

If you reside in the United Kingdom & your housing conditions are unsuitable or unsafe, there are resources available to assist you. One such organisation is Shelter. They provide support and guidance to individuals who are experiencing housing difficulties. If you are facing homelessness, struggling to pay rent, or living in substandard conditions, Shelter can offer advice & assistance. Don’t suffer in silence – reach out to Shelter for help.

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“Equal Access, Equal Care: Promoting Disability Access to Mammograms”

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Despite the constant advancements in medicine and technology, disabled individuals often struggle to gain equal access and ease of use. One prime example of this is mammograms, which can be incredibly challenging for wheelchair users due to the equipment and rooms being inaccessible. The lack of space and difficulty in maintaining the required position for the procedure can make it nearly impossible for disabled individuals to receive proper care.

If you’re concerned about cancer, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms. These include a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest, or armpit, changes to the skin such as puckering or dimpling, a change in the colour of the breast, rash or crusting around the nipple, and unusual discharge from either breast. Changes in the size or shape of the breast and pain in the breast or armpit that’s present all or almost all the time are also potential symptoms.


While breast cancer is more common in women, men can also develop it. The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a lump in the chest area. If you notice any changes in your breasts, it’s essential to see your GP. While most changes are not cancerous, early detection is crucial for successful treatment.

In conclusion, it’s vital to ensure that medical facilities are accessible to all individuals, regardless of their physical abilities. By being aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and seeking medical attention promptly, we can increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

Preventative Measures: Strategies for Limiting the Spread of Norovirus Infection.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is commonly known as the stomach flu or food poisoning. The symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. This virus spreads through contaminated food or water, or by coming into contact with an infected person or surface.


To prevent the spread of norovirus, it is crucial to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. Additionally, avoid sharing personal items and disinfect surfaces regularly. If you suspect you have norovirus, it is essential to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if necessary.

Norovirus can be particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations, such as young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Therefore, it is crucial to take preventative measures to protect yourself and those around you. By following these simple steps, you can help prevent the spread of norovirus and keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.

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Help End Social Care Disgrace

There will be a public meeting (online) ar 6.30pm on March 20th.
Please join us to discuss 8 million carers trying to fill big holes in health & social care with almost no support
Hear from carers, politicians & campaigners


Tess Torjussen: It’s important to demystify deafness for hearing parents (BSL) — The Limping Chicken

“He has a significant and permanent hearing loss”. “He’s deaf”. *Silence* I look down at my sleeping baby and gently […]

Tess Torjussen: It’s important to demystify deafness for hearing parents (BSL) — The Limping Chicken