Regional Rehabilitation Engineering is a professional, fully integrated service which covers the whole spectrum of assistive technology for the disabled and elderly. It is part of the Regional Medical Physics Department and comprises two distinctive but complementary services; the Mobility Service and the Technical Aid Service.
The Mobility Service offers technical advice and support to clinical colleagues on all aspects of wheelchairs and associated mobility equipment. It is responsible for the provision and maintenance of powered indoor, attendant controlled and indoor/outdoor wheelchairs and quality control of prosthetic limbs. Our Rehabilitation Engineers (RE's) work within the District wheelchair service teams and are involved in all stages of the issue of NHS wheelchairs and special seating.
The Technical Aid Service provides a more general development and modification service, when the normal channels of equipment provision have failed to meet a client's needs. It also offers client assessment services, specifically in the areas of powered wheelchair control and physical access to communication aids and computers. There is a close working relationship with the Communication Aid Centre and the Environmental Control Service.
The aim of Regional Rehabilitation Engineering is to provide comprehensive technical assistance to meet the widest needs of disabled people.
Clients living within the boundaries of Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, Teesside and Tyne and Wear can be referred to the Technical Aid Service by their clinician or therapist. There is no charge for the service but the referrer may be asked to provide any major items of equipment required to fulfil a referral.
The referral form is available for download (Adobe PDF format 19kB).
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Alternatively the referral form can be obtained from:
Technical Aid Service Manager
Regional Medical Physics Department
Disablement Services Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne