Specialist wheelchairs donated to children’s ward
Eight specialist paediatric wheelchairs have been donated to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), which will improve children's quality of life after surgery.
The wheelchairs are funded by the Variety Club's Easy Riders Wheelchair Programme and are designed to be used by children having had specialist surgery. They are adaptable and have interchangeable parts, which can address each child's needs more appropriately.
Seventeen year old Ramandeep Dhillon, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has undergone spinal surgery is benefitting from one of the wheelchairs.
Ramandeep's nurse, Merifa Chinonzo, said his previous wheelchair did not support him properly after surgery.
She said: "If Ramandeep didn't have this wheelchair it would really restrict his mobility, prevent him from undertaking day-to-day activities and he wouldn't even be able to attend hospital appointments.
"It's so satisfying to see that Ramandeep is comfortable in his new wheelchair and he doesn't encounter any discomfort.
"Little things such as being able to adapt the headrest to different positions make a huge difference."
Edwina Neumann, Senior Occupational Therapist at the RNOH, said the wheelchairs are loaned to patients until the Wheelchair Service reviews or provides them with an alternative one.
She said: "The RNOH does have a small selection of wheelchairs but we are aspiring to improve the quality we offer our patients.
"We are so grateful to the Variety Club's Easy Riders Wheelchair Programme for their generosity and hope we can continue to work in partnership for the benefit of our patients."
Pamela Sinclair, International Vice President of The Variety Club and Chairman of the Easy Riders Wheelchair Programme, said when they received an application from the RNOH for much needed paediatric wheelchairs for children to use after surgery, this was right up their street.
She added: "We exist to alleviate, where possible, any difficulties and distress that children may suffer and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to play our part.
"We value our relationship with the RNOH and long may it continue."