There are several services across the borough that provide specialist equipment, information and support to help you live independently.
Dudley Telecare service
We offer 'assistive technology' products, including alarms to support you in your own home. Find out more at Dudley Telecare Service.
Community Equipment Service
The Community Equipment Service provides a range of equipment issued on loan to help people to remain independent in the community.
Queens Cross Network
Queens Cross Network is our local support centre for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities, including hearing and visual impairment. We have a host of aids, specialist equipment and information available.
Living Well, Feeling Safe
The Living well, Feeling Safe service works to support vulnerable and older people. It helps them to stay safe, healthy and independent in their homes.
Dudley Wheelchair Service
We provide clinical assessment and the provision of Wheelchairs in the Dudley Borough.
Beacon Centre for the Blind
Based in Sedgley, the Beacon Centre for the Blind has a resource room with demonstration equipment for people who are blind/visually impaired.
Pocklington Resource Centre
The Pocklington Resource Centre in Stourbridge has a range of specialised demonstration equipment for the blind/visually impaired. They also provide information on audio, in large print or braille.
For smaller items you may find that your GP can prescribe from an approved list of products stocked by many chemists. Examples include: elastic stockings, trusses, appliances for colostomies, etc.
Community and district nurses can also provide some aids and equipment, such as ripple pillows, V-frames, etc.
Will I have to pay VAT?
No. Equipment for the sole use of people with disabilities is usually exempt. Suppliers will ask you to sign a VAT exemption form to confirm that you do have a disability.
For independent advice, reports and information on daily living equipment visit:
Both are fully accredited by the Department of Health's Information Standard.
You can also find out more on Equipment on the Dudley Community Information Directory