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New way to obtain or receive OT Equipment for daily living

Simple Equipment for Independent Living


The information below details the types of equipment that are now available from local retailers, who they are and where they are situated.

There is also some more detailed guidance about how to make use of the retailers, whether you pay for the equipment yourself or receive a ‘prescription’ for the equipment.

A prescription is like a free voucher to exchange for the equipment at one of the retailers.

A prescription is issued after an assessment of need by someone working for (or with) the Council or NHS Southwark.


Southwark has been working with retailers in our area to develop a marketplace where simple equipment is much more accessible to everyone.

In the past, Southwark, like many other local authorities, have only issued equipment from a single commissioned provider.

This has made it harder for people to get the simple equipment that could help them in their daily lives.

The retailers provide simple equipment, listed below. More complex equipment, for higher needs, remains available only through the commissioned provider.

What do the Retailers do?

Southwark is working in partnership with several local retailers (as listed below) to provide community equipment to all residents that require it.

You can buy the equipment privately from the retailers. They have trained staff who will be able to advise you. They may refer you to Health and Social Care if your needs are more complex.

All retailers are required to offer a delivery/Install and fit option

What is a Prescription?

If you are eligible for equipment from Southwark, you may be given a Prescription for your equipment.  You might think of the Prescription as a "voucher" to exchange for your equipment, free of charge.

If you need to have the equipment delivered or fitted, this will be written on the Prescription and will be arranged by the retailer when you visit or speak to them over the phone.

If you are unable to visit any of the retailers, you may ask a friend, relative or carer to do so on your behalf. They will need to fill out their details on your prescription. All retailers offer home visits to deliver and fit the equipment directly.

You can choose to get an item of a different colour/more features from the retailer and pay the difference in cost. This is called Topping-up.

Once you have received your equipment you may want to let us know whether you are happy with it. Sometimes we need to speak to you to check that you are managing OK, but often we only ask you to contact us if there is a problem.

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Who owns the equipment?

Once you have received the equipment from the retailer, the equipment is yours to keep. This also means that when you no longer need the equipment, you may dispose of it how you choose.

What do I do if the equipment breaks down or needs replacing?

Like anything else that you own, if there is a problem with the equipment, you should go back to the place you got it from – in this case, your chosen retailer. If you received a Prescription for the item originally and it needs replacing, you can arrange for this replacement by visiting the retailer or contacting Southwark Customer Service Centre on 0845 6001287.

If you have any other queries, please refer back to your allocated Health/Social Care worker or the team that you were referred to.

Simple aids to daily living available through prescription or that you can buy yourself

Southwark Council will not prescribe all of these items. However, they are all available from the accredited retailers, listed below, if you wish to buy them for yourself.

Larger sized aids

Stools, Chairs, Commodes and Toilet seats

Bathing aids

Bath boards, Bath seats,Bath Lifts, Showers chairs and Stools


Levers, Frames and Backrests


Chair raisers, Bed raisers, Trolleys, Chairs, Footstools, Stools and Tables

Grab rails

For indoor or outdoor use

Manual handling

Slide sheets and Handling Belts


Ferrules, Walking frames, Walking sticks, Crutches, Transfer boards, Ramps and Steps

Aids for children

Bath Seats, Table, Walking sticks and Wedges

Personal care aids

Pick up and reaching aids, Shoe horn, Socks, stocking, tights aids, Key safe, Kettle tipper, Plate guard, Non spill mug, Cutlery, Openers, Plates and Trays

Sensory aids

Vibrating alarm clock, Paging alert system, Smoke alarm, Induction loop amplifier, Flashing doorbell, Amplified aids, Text phone, Portable lamp, Signature guide, Writing frame, Liquid level indicator, Canes, Talking clock, Medicine aids and Overspecs


Motion activated voice reminder, Border patrol, Medication dispenser, Flood and scald prevention plugs, Chair sensor, Bed sensor, Person to person sensor, Transmitters and pagers, Movement detectors and pagers

Toileting aids

Raised toilet seats, Toilet frames, Commodes, Urinals, Bed pans and Splash guards

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Southwark Community Equipment Accredited Retailers (March 2010)
Retailer Name & Address Contact number Opening Hours Step-free access? Consulting Area?
Amin Pharmacy
285-287 Brockley Road
0208 692 5069 or 0208 692 1389 Mon - Fri 9am to 7pm Saturday 9am to 6pm Yes Yes
Bonamy Pharmacy
355 Rotherhithe New Road
SE16 3HF
020 7740 2523 Mon-Weds, Fri 9am-7pm Thurs, Sat 9am – 2pm Yes Yes
289-291 Walworth Road
SE17 2TG
020 7703 4356 Mon- Sat 9am – 6pm Sun 10am – 4pm Yes Yes
Lenny Chemist/D P Pharmacy
309 East Street
SE17 2SX
0207 703 7843 Mon - Fri 9.30am-6.30pm Sat 9.30am-2pm Yes Yes
Lifestyle Mobility
Mobile Shop
Service Available in Southwark:
Unit 25,
The Arcadia Centre,
The Broadway,
W5 2ND
020 8567 2180 Mon - Sat 10am to 6pm Sun 11am to 5pm N/A
Technicians will visit customers at home.
Macks Pharmacy
165 High Street
SE20 7DS
020 8778 5307 Mon – Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-5.30pm Yes Yes
Medequip Assistive Technology
Lewisham Depot,
Blackhorse Road SE8 5HY
020 8320 0900 Mon – Fri 9am-5pm (later by appointment) Sat by appointment X
(only when requested)
P E Logan (Pharmacy) Ltd
465 New Cross Road
SE14 6TA
020 8692 8695 Mon – Fri 9am-7pm Sat 9am-5pm Yes Yes
Redland Healthcare
Mobile Shop
Service Available in Southwark
24a Portman Road
RG30 1EA
0800 854 052 Mon – Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm Sat – 9am to 1pm N/A Technicians will visit customers at home
Rosendale Pharmacy
105 Rosendale Road
SE21 8EZ
020 8670 2119 Mon – Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-1pm Yes Yes
Stroke Care
54 Camberwell Road,
(in The Walworth Methodist Church)
020 7277 1188 Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm Yes Yes
Taplow Pharmacy
Unit 5
Ground Floor
Thurlow Street
SE17 2UQ
020 7701 1643 Mon- Fri 9am-6pm Sat 9am-1pm Yes Yes

Get more information from the Occupational therapy team on how to get equipment to help with your daily living.

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