Alice has her electric wheelchair taken away six months ago

A woman with cerebral palsy has had her lifeline in the form of an electric wheelchair taken away as it needed “updating” only for it be replaced with a chair she cannot use and leaves her unable to communicate as easily.

Alice Sewell is now forced to use a manual one instead, something she struggles to control. The 22-year-old has severe and complex disabilities and is unable to use a manual chair.

She also relies on electronic eye gaze equipment to communicate with her friends and family which cannot be fitted to the manual chair. Mum Katherine, from Henleaze, has blasted social services for taking away her lifeline.

The 48-year-old said: “Expecting her to ‘make do’ with a substitute manual one is compromising her independence, her safety (in terms of weight/manual handling and inadequate support for eating/drinking) and her quality of life immensely. 

Alice’s family are now fighting to have the wheels returned (Image: Katherine Sewell)

“She can not go out anywhere unless someone else can lift the front of the wheelchair (and her weight) over any slightly uneven surfaces such as door lips or kerbs. The manual chair can not turn on 90 degree angle which makes turning in spaces very difficult.  I can not push her up the ramp into her WAV alone.

“Her world has shrunk now. They have taken away the small independence she had.”

Alice has used an electric chair since 2010 but under its last checks social services said it needed upgrading. But instead of replacing her old chair they issued her with a manual one.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said: “We always aim to offer the best possible service to patients and their families, and are sorry that this situation has not yet been resolved to their satisfaction.

“Where patients or their families are not satisfied we ask them to contact, and work with, our service experience team to resolve any issues they are experiencing. “However, we are not able to discuss individual cases in detail so are unable to provide further information at this time.”

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2 thoughts on “Woman with cerebral palsy has her electric wheelchair was taken away.

  1. Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    By this action it shows that Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Trust do not care and do not consider health in these actions so they are now Gloucestershire No Health and Unable to Care NHS Trust.

    They should be ashamed of themselves, for they are commissioned to improve lives and not make them worse. A Formal Complaint needs to be sent immediately and assuming that their actions will not improve there should also be a submission to the Health Ombudsman.

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