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Last chance to have your say on NHS services

It’s the last chance for patients and carers in Airedale, Wharefdale and Craven to have their say on proposed changes to wheelchair and orthotics services before comments close on Friday 10 May 2019. 

NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to give their views about the proposed changes, which are to introduce referral criteria for the wheelchair and orthotics services provided by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

The proposed changes aim to speed up services for patients with high and complex needs giving them quicker access to assessments and delivering their prescribed equipment to them faster.

Around 6,000 people use the orthotics service and more than 2,000 people use the wheelchair services (December 2017). Orthotics is the term used for aids such as insoles, braces, splints, callipers, footwear, spinal jackets and helmets.


Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair, NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG said: “It’s important for people to get involved and have their say – especially if you’re a patient or carer who has had experience of the wheelchair and orthotics service.

“Demand for the wheelchair and orthotics service increases every year. Our proposals are about making sure that people have the best choice and the most appropriate service to meet their needs. The service is vital for people with the most complex and urgent needs. However, for some people, their needs may be more appropriately met in another way – for example by referral to a physiotherapist or buying readily available aids.

“We are looking to introduce referral criteria which will help GPs and other clinicians assess which services are best for patients and, by doing so, reduce waiting times for people with more complex health issues who need a specialist clinical assessment.”

People can submit their comments in a number of ways:

If people need help completing the survey, they should call 01274 237290 and ask to speak to a member of the engagement team.

The closing date for comments is Friday 10 May 2019.

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