QEF Mobility Centre

The Mobility Centre was originally a department based at Banstead Place which provided support regarding mobility and assistive technology to the residents.

A woman learning to drive in an adapted car in the Mobility department at Banstead Place, 1984.

A woman learning to drive in an adapted car in the Mobility department at Banstead Place, 1984.

In 1983 the department was expanding so much it purchased two wooden buildings onsite for staff accommodation, which they had bought from the Department of Transport for only £10.

In 1990 the entire mobility department moved to a refurbished ward on the site of Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children in Carshalton, where it remains today. The service today still offers assistance with wheelchairs, scooters, and assistive technology, with the addition of providing driving assessments, a driving school for people with disabilities, and a support service specially created to reduce the anxieties and stress for people with disabilities before and during air travel.

Text and images courtesy of the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.

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