Shopmobility Celebrations at The Royal Hospitals

29/05/2012

This week Shopmobility is celebrating the 3rd anniversary of providing their service at the Royal Hospitals.

 

To mark the momentous occasion, Shopmobility, in partnership with the Trust, will be hosting an information stand at the lobby of the RVH from 10 – 4pm on Wednesday (30 May). Shopmobility volunteers and staff will be there to hand out information about Shopmobility services and enrol new members. 

Over the last 3 years the Shopmobility service has grown from strength to strength and has provided scooters and wheelchairs to 4000 patients and visitors. The service, which is located at the School of Dentistry beside the disabled bays at the public car park, provides self propelling wheelchairs and mechanised scooters free to patients or visitors with limited mobility.

The Trust works in partnership with Shopmobility and last year a member of Trust staff that is partially sighted, trained Shopmobility volunteers as Sighted Guides. This means that any patient or visitor that is partially sighted can request a Shopmobility Sighted Guide to accompany them to their appointment or destination. Shopmobility staff and volunteers have also provided Trust staff with training on Disability, specifically on limited mobility.

The service, which is aimed at ensuring that those with limited mobility have equally of access to services and can reach their destination, also provides users with more independence. This is clearly defined by one user who used the service and then sent an email:

“I attend a regular Outpatient Clinic at the R.V.H. I am only able to do this independently because of your generous provision of mobility scooters. As you know I have mobility problems and I use two sticks to get around. The distance from the car park to the main entrance, followed by the long corridors to clinics is too far for me to manage independently. I therefore do appreciate being able to use a scooter and attend clinics on my own.”