Welcome to the Gloucestershire Wheelchair Assessment Service (GWAS)

The GWAS provides wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories to those with medium to high specialist needs and to those who will need the equipment for long term use of more than six months.

The team based at the GWAS are specialist clinicians (Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists) or technical instructors. They are supported by rehabilitation engineers and a rehabilitation technician. The whole team has specific competencies, training and specialise in posture and wheeled mobility.

If you have not visited the service before, an initial referral needs to be made via a healthcare professional. After the initial referral GWAS accepts self referrals from individuals registered with the service.

Free maintenance and repairs is provided on all NHS wheelchairs, which remain the property of the NHS.

Assessments are carried out in clinics held at the Independent Living Centre in Cheltenham, and in special schools, with home visits in exceptional circumstances only. Appointments are available between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

Low Needs wheelchairs

Those requiring a Low Needs wheelchair for long term regular use (more than 6 months) can request an assessment from their healthcare professional who has been trained as a wheelchair assessor, such as a nurse, occupational therapist or physiotherapist. They can order the wheelchair directly from the supplier Gloucester Industrial Services (GIS Healthcare). Alternatively, please ask at your GP surgery.

Those requiring a Low Needs wheelchair for short term use (less than 6 months) can request an assessment from a healthcare professional who can order a wheelchair directly from GIS Healthcare. Please refer to the Community Equipment Service for more information. Alternatively, please ask at your GP surgery.

NHS wheelchair loans cannot be arranged for occasional or holiday use: please contact organisations such as The Red Cross (call 01452 726666 or visit www.redcross.org.uk)

What Wheelchairs do GWAS Provide?

  • Transit / attendant propelled wheelchairs
  • Self-propelling wheelchairs
  • Powered wheelchairs (indoor and indoor/outdoor) for those unable to use a manual chair; outdoor use is enabled following a safety awareness and driving skills assessment
  • Specialist buggies (for children not suited to high street buggies)
  • Specialist moulded seating
  • Pressure relieving cushions