About: North Manchester General Hospital North Manchester General Hospital Manchester M8 5RB
The availability of wheelchairs for disabled patients at NMGH is disgraceful. There are never any of the pay £1 kind in any of the locations. The other day, when accompanying a disabled relative,
I had to walk from A&E to the main entrance (where there were no wheelchairs) , then through the hospital to the quad entrance (where again there were no wheelchairs). I saw a porter and asked where I could get one and after pleading with the porter they got one out of the porter's room for me. It was big and very old. I had to drag it back through the hospital, bring it down in the lift and drag it outside to A&E. Once there an ambulance driver tried to take it off me. The ambulance driver spoke to me in a very rude manner and implied that I should hand it over. I explained that I had had to search the hospital for it and that my relative was not able to walk through to the consulting area. I shouldn't have to defend my valid use of a wheelchsir or be spoken to in such s manner in front of s full waiting room. I don't know what we'd have done if I hadn't been able to walk the length of the hospital. Eighteen months ago there were plenty of new wheelchairs -where are they?