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    This may seem an obvious problem but I have the clinic appointment at Salford Royal on Wednesday.
    Tuesday & Wednesday are supposed to be wintery with rain, sleet and subzero temperatures.
    I’m minded to postpone the appointment as I don’t feel safe walking with the stick normally let alone icy conditions.

    What are the various mobility aids like to use in icy weather?

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    Hi Dis1960,

    For all of us who are ambulant , whatever aid you use will not be good in icy conditions and the risk of falling should be avoided. Having said that your appointment may be important and you may wait ages for a new one. Check if you can get Hospital transport which will take you to the door otherwise book a taxi.

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    To get to the taxi is a minimum of 15 feet of uneven paving to cross ( maybe a lot more depending on where the taxi can park ) No idea what Hospital Transport could do differently
    Last edited by Dis1960; 28th January 2019 at 10:31.

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    I know how you are thinking and feeling Dis 1960. About a year ago I had an appointment with my speach therapist at Radcliffe Medical Centre. The public car park is around a corner from the centre. The 3 or 4 disabled spaces were occupied so we had to park further up the hill. The ground was icy. I knew what to expect, was very nervous. I linked my husbands arm with my left arm and used my walking pole in my right hand. After a couple of tentetive steps the pole skidded and I went splat. I was soaking wet, bruised and wondered how I was going to get up. A kind, disabled man got out of his car that was parked on one of the disabled spaces. He too was using a stick. He and my husband got me up. Then I set off again. I would never since venture out when there's ice or snow on the ground. About Salford Royal. There is a drop off point close to the entrance. But there'd likely be a few yards of ice to cross if there is ice elsewhere. I don't know if this area gets salted. One would expect so but one cannot rely on it. I think that the safest thing to do is call your specialist nurse or somebody else in the MND clinic and ask for advice. Good luck. Lynne
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    Hi Douglas, Do take care !

    I think we all feel especially vulnerable when it is icy or cold. I hate the wind when I am transferring to the car from my wheelchair as I feel I am going to blow over! It might be worth asking for a wheelchair from the hospital and they might get someone to push or help you. I started using a wheelchair for hospital visits before I was diagnosed because of the long corridors and they were always happy to help.

    I know it's easier said than done but do take care not to fall.... like most of us ,I speak from experience of falls and they happen so quickly.

    Good Luck with your hospital visit.
    Love Debbie

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    Hello Douglas, MM had an appointment last week with his neurologist. He hadn't been too well so I phoned her secretary and got a phone appointment. Would that work?

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    Hi Dis;

    Most hospitals have wheelchairs if you've got a good pusher. It is hard to fall out of a wheelchair if you can get into it safely.

    Love Terry

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    Thanks all, my wife rang them and explained the problem and they are rearranging it hopefully when it is not sub-zero.

    Appointment rearranged for 27th February 2019 at 1530

    And the breathing test is now arranged for 27th February 2019 at 1515
    Last edited by Dis1960; 15th February 2019 at 22:33. Reason: Added new date of appointment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    Most hospitals have wheelchairs if you've got a good pusher.
    Thanks Terry, Salford Royal have a limited number of Porters Chair available and unless you’re a 0900 appointment they are invisible

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    Might be worth getting your OT to source a wheelchair for you Dis;

    THey can be very handy if the weather is not nice or you have to walk a long way. Also a rollator can be handy as most have a seat if you get tired and are handy for carrying things, even a pint of beer.

    Love Terry

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