Equipment Provision

Community Equipment Store

This service supports the provision of special equipment to enable people to live independently and safely in their own home. Equipment will be provided following an assessment by Occupational Therapy staff or other Health Care Professional. The store has a fully stocked warehouse where orders are processed. Delivery of equipment will be undertaken by trained staff at a mutually arranged time. The store also has a technician who will fit grab rails and carry out minor alterations as requested by the Occupational Therapist. A full maintenance and repair service for equipment supplied by Bon Accord Care is arranged through the store. When no longer required the service will collect equipment for recycling and the store has a dedicated decontamination facility on the premises.

Hospital Direct Service

The Community Equipment Service also has a dedicated equipment provision service for residents of Aberdeen who are being discharged from hospital. Equipment will be ordered by hospital Occupational Therapists and arrangements will be made to deliver and fit the equipment either prior to discharge or on the day of discharge. The staff will ensure that the equipment meets the person’s needs and will assist with any other queries people may have once home from hospital.

Short Term Wheelchair Loans

From 1st May 2024,  the Joint equipment stores will operate and administer the short-term loan of wheelchairs. The assessment for the wheelchair provisions will only be in the context of services already being provided, for example by an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or District Nurse already involved with the service user. The service enables professionals to request a wheelchair on a short-term basis. For further information contact the Joint Equipment Store on 01224 069800 or by email at .

The criteria for referral is:

  • To support service users recovering from surgery 
  • The service user is temporarily non-weight bearing following illness.  
  • To support a service user during an acute episode of illness  
  • To prevent hospital admission  
  • To provide improved quality of end-of-life care  
  • To support service users awaiting a permanent wheelchair who are otherwise fit for discharge from hospital.  

“Abledeen”, previously known as shop mobility, offer a short-term loan service for members of the public who require the loan of a wheelchair, for example for a holiday or short break. Visit their website at . People requiring the long-term provision of a specialist wheelchair should be referred to a wheel chair specialist service to address their immediate and long term needs. This is accessed via NHS Grampian Mobility and Rehabilitation Service (MARS) based at Woodend hospital.

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