Children in Forth Valley requiring assessment for and provision of wheelchair equipment are assessed by specialist staff from WESTMARC, Southern General Hospital.
Satellite clinics are held locally by WESTMARC staff in Stirling Community Hospital.
Children aged between 2-16 years of age with long term mobility issues can be referred by a health professional who knows them i.e. GP, Health visitor, physiotherapist/occupational therapist.
Once the referral has been received the child will be assessed in Stirling Community Hospital by either
- a physiotherapist: for children who require minimal to moderate support eg. Firm seat/back support. Or
- a bioengineer: more complex postural supportis required e.g. Head, trunk supports.
Areas not covered
It should be noted that some areas of Forth Valley are not covered by Westmarc. They include Dunblane, Doune, Callander,Strathyre, Killin, Crianlarich, Tynedrum, Thornhill, Port of Menteith and Aberfoyle.
The above areas are covered by the Wheelchair Service at the TORT Centre (Tayside Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centre) in Dundee. 01382 496299 or 01324 496300.
What if my child only needs a wheelchair for a short time?
If your child is recovering from an illness or a broken bone then WESTMARC are unable to provide wheelchairs/buggies for short term loan.
There are numerous associations that can provide short term loans of wheelchairs they include:-
The Red Cross
The opening times are Tues, Wed and Thurs 10am-1pm. There is no charge but they ask for a donation.
Falkirk – 01324 630500
Stirling – 01786 449606
Will weather protection be supplied?
Weather protection e.g. rain canopy, will not normally be supplied. This is considered to be the responsibility of carers.
Please contact WESTMARC for further information.
Can a twin buggy be supplied?
Twin buggies may be issued on the rare occasions they are required providing at least one of the children has a disability which gives them eligibility.
In such cases the needs of the disabled child take precedence for determining the appropriate prescription.