NHS Highland Wheelchair and Seating Services (HWSS)

HWSS provides wheelchairs and seating services to people living in the Highlands, Western Isles and the Grampian area

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The Highland Wheelchair and Seating Service (HWSS) covers the Highlands, Western Isles and Grampian area providing wheelchairs and seating services to patients with long term disabilities which impairs their ability to walk.

The service is based at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness with a depot in the Longman Industrial Estate. The service currently has over 3800 patients and maintains over 4000 wheelchairs.

The Service is available to anybody who has a long term disability that affects their ability to walk. The equipment will be provided by NHS at no cost to the patient.

To be considered for a wheelchair a patient must be referred to the service by a qualified healthcare professional. For example:

  • GP
  • District Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist

When the service has received a completed referral form it will be assessed by a clinician who will review the information and decide whether you require an assessment or whether a chair can be issued from the information that has been provided. If an assessment is required you will be added to waiting list for a clinic appointment. 

Short term loans
The Service can provide wheelchairs for a short term loan. However there is a waiting list for wheelchairs so it may be more beneficial for you to contact the Red Cross or Shopmobility who would be in a position to supply you with a chair.

 Red Cross:       01463 231 620

 Shopmobility:   01463 717 624 




Medical Physics
Raigmore Hospital
Old Perth Road

Phone: 01463 704 167
Website: http://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/Services/Pages/WheelchairServices.aspx

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