Shopmobility Planning Permission Granted

04/12/2017

Sunday 3rd December marked International Day of People with Disability. It acknowledges that there are an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide who still face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society.

As such, they do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society. Belfast Trust is committed to promoting equality of access and of opportunity and to reducing health inequalities for all our service users, staff, carers and members of the public.

The Trust is therefore delighted to announce that we have recently received planning permission for the installation of a Shopmobility unit at Belfast City Hospital. This will extend provision of the service beyond its current location at the Royal Group of Hospitals. This service has been available at the Royal for the last 10 years and assists patients and visitors with limited mobility by providing electric scooters and wheelchairs to help them get to their destination anywhere on the Hospital site. The service is free and is available from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. The ethos behind Shopmobility is in accordance with our corporate pillars of Safety, Partnerships, People, Continuous Improvement and Resources – it allows people with a mobility disability to have the choice to access their appointments independently and with dignity and autonomy.

The Trust is working in partnership with Shopmobility to provide the service across the two sites. It is envisaged that we will be in a position to commence provision of the service early in 2018. In the meantime, if you need to utilise Shopmobility services at the Royal, it is best to try to notify the Shopmobility unit at the Royal in advance on (028) 9031 0923 to inform staff of the time the service is needed and to book a vehicle. Further detail will follow with progress on the provision of Shopmobility at the Belfast City Hospital site to ensure that people are aware of the service.