Today, I paid a visit to The Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre in Wrexham. I had wanted to go as I have had years of dealings with them and wanted to put faces to names. One in particular, The Clerk, has always been extremely helpful and always has time to listen to any concerns I might have.
Over the years, I have had a number of wheelchairs which have been supplied by ALAC and the service I have received from them is second to none.
The Artificial Limb and Appliance Service offers a consistent and equitable service to people in Wales who have a permanent or long-term impairment. It is provided by a unique collaboration between three NHS Trusts and is commissioned via Health Commission Wales (HCW). The three ALAS centres (ALAC’s) are situated in Cardiff, Swansea and Wrexham.
The Artificial Limb & Appliance Service (ALAS) in Wales, as in England, has a history stretching back to the 1914/18 war, when a limb service was set up in Roehampton by the War Office to deal with the needs of war wounded amputees.
ALAS provides seven distinct services:
• Artificial Limb Service
• Artificial Eye Service
• Electronic Assistive Technologies (Comprising the Environmental Controls and Communication Aids services)
• Orthotics Service
• Wheelchair Service
• War Pensioners Service
Across Wales there are approximately 70,000 users who require equipment ranging from the direct issue of a standard wheelchair to an individual assessment for specialised and powered chairs.
For more information see the link on the right or contact:
North East Wales NHS Trust
Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre
Wrexham LL13 7NT
Telephone: 01978 727524