NHS trust asks residents to return unwanted walking aids to local hospital

NHS trust asks residents to return unwanted walking aids to local hospital

Jo Burns, Clinical Manager for Physiotherapy at Wye Valley NHS Trust, stated: “Many walking aids do not get handed back since individuals are not exactly sure where to take them. Its essential that if your strolling help is no longer required, it is gone back to the NHS to assist to replenish our stocks for other patients and conserve the NHS money.

The trust highlights that many undesirable walking aids provided by the NHS are being left unused, when they could be quickly be recycled by other clients, where safe to do so.

Wye Valley NHS Trust is prompting locals to check their own homes and their household members houses for NHS strolling aids, such as crutches, Zimmer frames and metal strolling sticks, that are no longer required as part of its Hand it back project.

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Similarly, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) contacted therapy clients to return unused equipment– such as strolling aids, toilet equipment and commodes– in a bid to replenish materials and conserve the NHS some money.

People are asked to make sure NHS walking aids are in a tidy condition before returning them.

It is not the very first time a health or social care organisation has called for patients to return unused mobility and independent living devices.


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For items such as beds and chairs that are no longer required, individuals are motivated to get in touch with NRS Healthcare on 0300 100 0045 or email enquiries@herefordshire.nrs-uk.net to arrange a collection. All equipment supplied by NRS Healthcare will have a barcode label with NRS on it, the trust notes, and NRS Healthcare will require that number when arrangements are made for devices collection.

If people are unable to return the product however no longer need it, they can additionally call the trusts physiotherapy department on 01432 372995.

Previously this year, Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) declared a devices “amnesty” and urged clients to return any unwanted movement devices to mitigate threats of running out of stock. They had actually introduced an amnesty in 2020, which led to numerous products being returned, refurbished, sterilised and returned into usage in the community.

The trust is now encouraging citizens to return any walking help supplied by the NHS– such as from Wye Valley NHS Trust, a GP or a physio therapist– to Hereford County Hospital. At the health center, there is a dedicated and labelled container for people to return walking help.

” Any households who are separating for Covid-19 or are waiting for screening for symptoms of Covid-19 should not return products up until their seclusion has actually finished or they/their family members have a COVID-19 negative outcome.”