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Where can I get a wheelchair? Wheelchairs through the NHS or hiring and buying privately

Wed Dec 22 2021

There are several reasons as to why someone may need a wheelchair. Some people may require a wheelchair because of a long-term illness or disability. Others may require a wheelchair on a short-term basis following an accident or surgery.

With so many options, it can feel difficult to know where to start. At Wheelfreedom, we pride ourselves in being trusted, knowledgeable and impartial and want to help others find a solution that suits their health needs and lifestyle.

This guide aims to help you, or your loved ones find a trusted wheelchair service that suits your individual needs.

Where can I get a wheelchair?


The two main places you can get a wheelchair are through the NHS or through an independent mobility provider. The NHS offer wheelchairs on a hired basis, whereas mobility providers supply wheelchairs to be hired or purchased, with many schemes available, dependent on your person circumstances.

Wheelchairs through the NHS

the NHS can provide very basic mobility aids and wheelchairs, following a mobility assessment.

Hiring a wheelchair

Hiring a wheelchair can be done through independent mobility providers where you can pay a regular sum of money on a short-term or long-term basis. There are often schemes or charitable offerings that can help with funding.

Buying a wheelchair

Buying a wheelchair is often the most suitable solution for someone with a long-term condition. It may work out to be more cost-effective in the long run and you will have peace of mind knowing that the equipment is owned by yourself.

NHS Wheelchair FAQs

Since hiring a wheelchair through the NHS is one of the most popular options for those who find themselves needing support urgently, we have answered some of your most frequently asked questions.

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Wheelchairs to hire from independent mobility suppliers

Hiring a wheelchair privately may be a feasible option for those who wish to receive a more tailored service. Hiring a wheelchair privately may be more appropriate for someone with long-term health concerns and highly reduced mobility.

Wheelchair Hire FAQs

Adult Wheelchairs to Hire

Lightweight and foldable
Our adult wheelchairs are light and easy to fold for transport in a car. We also supply models with elevating leg rests to aid injury recovery, and bariatric wheelchairs for heavier people.

Children's Wheelchairs

For those aged 2 and above
Our freshly designed paediatric wheelchairs suit younger children between the ages of around 2 - 8. They are light and foldable, and include options for elevating leg rests and reclining backrests.

Tilt in Space Wheelchairs

Suitable for prolonged use
Tilt in Space wheelchairs are often seen in care home environments, and are comfortable and supportive for use throughout the day. These are available in London and the South East only.
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Contact customer service

Get in touch with the team today to find out how we can help you find the right wheelchair to suit your needs. Receive expert and impartial advice today by calling 0800 025 8005.

*Sources: Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now- NHS

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