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Essential orthotics for long-term wheelchair users.

H Steenkoolstad made this Freedom of Information request to NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group,

Who have you commissioned to provide any of the following orthotic devices which are vital to prevent damage and pain to the lower spine in long-term manual wheelchair users:

1) A measured spinal-restriction-brace, designed to stop long-term wheelchair users prevent stress induced damage and pain to their lumbar-sacrum region, where the spine joins the pelvis.

2) Power-assist motors such as:
* Trike attachments
* Pushers such as the Alber Smoov and Permobile Smart-drive
* Joystick- and push-rim- controlled hub motors.

Please send me the minutes of the meetings discussing this essential support for wheelchair users, and a copy of the contract you commissioned.

If nothing has been commissioned, or if nothing has been considered for commissioning, what is the official protocol to get the consideration of such orthotic devices put onto the agenda? Is there a form members of the public can fill in?

Has the CCG commissioned a study showing how many people have been immobilised with medical complications because the essential orthotic devices are not freely accessible, and what the cost is to the heath system for these avoidable medical complications?

Please also provide data showing if any of the above orthotic devices have been provided under the Individual Funding Request system, and if so, which overseeing clinical pathway was responsible for identifying the device required, eg:
GP
Wheelchair service
Orthotic Department
Spinal Orthopedic Surgeon
Neurologist
Neurosurgeon
Pain Clinic
Orthotic Department
Occupational Therapy Department
Physiotherapy Department
Etc.

Yours faithfully,

H Steenkoolstad.

FOI (NHS HIGH WEALD LEWES HAVENS CCG), NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear H Steenkoolstad

 

Please see attached FOI acknowledgement letter.

 

Kind regards

Senior FOI Officer
High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

Part of the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance
36-38 Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PB

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FOI (NHS HIGH WEALD LEWES HAVENS CCG), NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear Mr Steenkoolstad

 

Please find the CCG’s response to your recent FOI attached to this email.

 

Many thanks

 

Senior FOI Officer
High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

Part of the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance
01273 403583 | [1][email address]
36-38 Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PB

[2]http://www.highwealdleweshavensccg.nhs.uk/

 

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this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and remove all copies of
the message, including any attachments. Any views or opinions expressed in
this e-mail (unless otherwise stated) may not represent those of High
Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group or the Central Sussex and
East Surrey Commissioning Alliance.

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