Great-grandmother's dispute over "crash proof" wheelchair

York Press: Ryta Grimston, who cannot attend a day centre because her wheelchair has been deemed “not crash proof” Ryta Grimston, who cannot attend a day centre because her wheelchair has been deemed “not crash proof”

A WOMAN who regularly attends a day centre has been told she is no longer allowed as her wheelchair was "not crash proof", she has said.

Great-grandmother Ryta Grimston, 80, from Thorpe Willoughby, attends the Selby day centre Carentan House twice a week and has been going for about six years.

But she was recently told she would not be able to keep going as her aluminium-framed wheelchair was not deemed safe enough for travel and she needed a steel framed chair.

Mrs Grimston said: "It has upset me, I can't sleep thinking about it.

"They said 'I'm sorry we can't take you because you wheelchair is not crash proof'. They said they are not allowed to."

North Yorkshire County Council said it has provided a chair that is suitable, but Mrs Grimston, who meets with friends at Carentan House, said that as her mobility has been affected by a stroke, she can only easily control a lighter one.

Her daughter Sue Rawling said the centre was a "lifeline" for her mother.

A council spokeswoman said: “The county council must ensure that people transported in wheelchairs in any of our vehicles are safe.

"Over the last couple of years therefore the county council has been carrying out a rolling programme of risk assessments to ensure that wheelchairs are suitable to be used on transport in line with the manufacturers guidelines.

"In cases where wheelchairs are found to be not suitable for transportation, the county council makes every effort to ensure that users are able to access their usual services.

"In this case the county council has arranged for a suitable wheelchair to be made available on a temporary basis so the customer can be transported in the usual way, until a permanent solution can be found.”

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12:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

Somebody is missing the entire point of the day centre. Stop putting silly little barriers up. Dear oh dear.
Somebody is missing the entire point of the day centre. Stop putting silly little barriers up. Dear oh dear. MouseHouse
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3:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

bringbackcommonsense says...

How ridiculous. So an aluminium wheelchair is not deemed safe yet if she was able she could travel by bus in an un-belted manner, surrounded by other travelers that are forced to stand in the aisle due to over crowding.

Sounds like a pretty weak reason to stop her if you ask me.
How ridiculous. So an aluminium wheelchair is not deemed safe yet if she was able she could travel by bus in an un-belted manner, surrounded by other travelers that are forced to stand in the aisle due to over crowding. Sounds like a pretty weak reason to stop her if you ask me. bringbackcommonsense
  • Score: 10

4:29am Sat 29 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

Ahhh, the "Risk Assesments" strike again.
Ahhh, the "Risk Assesments" strike again. Magicman!
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4:32pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Jo13 says...

How is this even an issue to be reported by the Press?! North Yorkshire County Council decided the lady needed a stronger chair to travel in so they provided her with one!! Problem solved - presumably they can transport her light one to the day centre without her in, so it's there for her to use in the centre.
How is this even an issue to be reported by the Press?! North Yorkshire County Council decided the lady needed a stronger chair to travel in so they provided her with one!! Problem solved - presumably they can transport her light one to the day centre without her in, so it's there for her to use in the centre. Jo13
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