North East Drive Mobility is based at Walkergate Park, Centre for Neuro-psychiatry, Newcastle upon Tyne. The service helps people to retain or regain independence as drivers and passengers. North East Drive Mobility provides independent assessment and advice to people with a medical condition, or disability, which may affect their ability to drive, or use a vehicle as a passenger.
The service is for experienced and learner drivers, or provisional licence holders who have not yet started to learn to drive. Advice and assessment is also offered to people of all ages with mobility difficulties on travelling safely in a vehicle as a passenger.
The North East Drive Mobility service offers:
- A specialist, independent driving and passenger assessment, which is clinically led by skilled and trained Mobility Clinicians and Driving Advisers
- Assessment of driving ability, involving a clinical assessment, followed by in car assessment on an off-road driving track area at Walkergate Park and also the public highway
- Recommendations on an individual’s ability to return to, or commence driving, or in some cases advice relating to ceasing driving
- Advice on vehicle adaptations and driver solutions
- A range of assessment vehicles with a variety of adaptations, including high-tech drive from wheelchair solutions
- Advice on getting into and out of a vehicle, including wheelchair stowage
- Specialist driving tuition, for clients who have previously been assessed at the Centre
- Information and advice service, including advice relating to the DVLA fitness to drive licensing process, and possible alternatives to using a car, eg community transport services
An outreach service is provided in Penrith for clients living in Cumbria, at the Eden Rural Foyer, Old London Road, Penrith CA11 8ET. If you would like your assessment to be in Penrith, please note that all contact should be made via the details at Walkergate Park above.
There is no cost for an assessment if you refer yourself, or are referred by your doctor or health professional.
If you are considering accessing the service directly, we recommend that you discuss any driving and health related concerns with your GP.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and advice.
For further information on the work of Mobility Centres please visit www.drivingmobility.org.uk
How to make a referral to North East Drive Mobility
Referral form for health professionals
- If you are a health care professional and wish to refer your patient / client for assessment, please use the form below
- Individuals may self refer by contacting North East Drive Mobility directly, Tel: 0191 2875090 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not complete the form on this website if you are self-referring)
Directions to Walkergate Park
Directions to Penrith