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Health and Safety Update: Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs

Large mobility scooters are causing damage to lifts and walls within CHP buildings, creating hazards for other patients as well as blocking escape routes.

It is important that large mobility scooters are left on the ground floor and that the patient is advised to use alternative aids to get to the upper floors via the lifts to prevent excessive damage and disruption caused by lifts out of action impacting other users as well as help preventing property damage i.e. doors, walls, reception desks etc .

Whilst CHP appreciate the need for mobility aids and are sympathetic to their users, large mobility scooters are not designed for use in restricted spaces and as an organisation we need to ensure that all users of the health centre are as safe as possible and can evacuate in an emergency.

It is important to CHP that each tenant, and patient, remains safe whilst in our sites and are able to get work and reach appointments safely.

As such, if your mobility impaired patients do not have other aids to get them to your practice, whilst CHP do not provide these individual items, you may wish to invest in patient accessibility aids such as wheelchairs or walking frames to enable your patients to attend for their appointments.

If you require support or wish to discuss this message, please talk to your Operational Relationships Manager as they will look to support you in any way that they can.

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