Council and CCG declare “equipment amnesty” to mitigate risk of running out of stock

Council and CCG declare “equipment amnesty” to mitigate risk of running out of stock

Continued high levels of coronavirus cases internationally have been causing disruption to outbound products, especially from Asia where lots of independent living equipment products are manufactured and delivered from.

Supply chain pressures are causing a shortage of vital devices, such as mobility and toileting aids, hoists and health center beds, that assistance susceptible people in Devon to live individually at house, Exeter City Council has actually cautioned.

This might leave many residents without important items that allow to remain independent and contribute to their quality of life.

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The mix of issues suggests that community devices stocks in Devon shops are low on some products of independent living devices, consisting of four-wheeled walking frames and raised toilet seats, and Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are acting early now to alleviate the threat of running out of stock.

Millbrook Healthcares technology-enabled care service centre went live in Essex on 1st July, which consists of the recognition, release, installation, upkeep, decommissioning and removal of technology to satisfy service users care requires as well as supporting Essex County Council personnel to develop a more technological and ingenious mindset when commissioning care.

The worlds 5th and 3rd biggest ports in China were under COVID-19 lockdowns in June and worldwide financial experts forecast that the continued constraints on crucial shipping routes– that are causing hold-ups of 4 to 6 weeks– will continue into 2022.

Millbrook Healthcare already operates a re-use service throughout the year, gathering products of higher value and devices that individuals have the ability to leave at council-run home waste recycling centres for collection by Millbrook. What can be re-used is refurbished and put back into the system, and products that cant since they do not satisfy UK security standards, are recycled or provided to charity as abroad help.

With no indication of the situation improving soon, Millbrook Healthcare, Devon County Council and NHS Devon CCG are calling an equipment amnesty, asking people who no longer need their community devices to return it totally free of charge.

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Collection of the devices from individualss homes is complimentary and Millbrook staff will gather the products from the property.

In addition, current lockdowns and COVID-19 threats suggest producing factories are working on reduced capability, increasing supplier lead-in times on lots of devices lines, according to the local authority.

” Were wishing to accomplish that again while were experiencing these problems in the supply chain, but there are also excellent ecological reasons too regarding why were keen to re-use devices where we can. If the equipment amnesty succeeds, well be thinking about whether to hold it frequently as a matter of routine.”

The amnesty will range from 9th-30th August. Individuals need to call 0330 124 8214 to set up a collection.

Supply pressures are affecting the schedule of four-wheeled strolling frames and toileting devices in particular to Devon. Other equipment utilized in high volumes consists of healthcare facility beds, medical bed mattress, pressure cushions and hoists.


The authorities ran the amnesty for the very first time in 2015, which resulted in hundreds of items being returned, reconditioned, sterilised and returned into use in the community.

Wheelchairs, nevertheless, are not part of the amnesty, due to the fact that these are not provided by the neighborhood devices service Millbrook delivers.

” We deliberately built our stocks up in 2015, but conditions today are extremely tough,” said Glen Baxter, of Millbrook Healthcare, which supplies community equipment to people on behalf of Devon County Council and NHS Devon CCG.

Councillor James McInnes, Devon County Councils Cabinet member accountable for adult social care and health, commented: “We were happily amazed at the level of action we received to last years amnesty, with numerous products if not more gathered from peoples houses across Devon.

” We were delighted by the action in 2015,” Glen remarked. “Because we had the ability to return into circulation products that were no longer being used, we had the ability to continue to provide the important devices that people needed in the timescales required. We wish to do the very same once again now.”