Patients given NHS crutches to help in their recovery are being asked to give them back when they are no longer needed.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust issues hundreds of pairs of crutches to patients who often forget to return them once they are no longer needed.

Unreturned equipment costs the Trust thousands of pounds a year. 

Caitlin Edwards, Clinical Therapy Manager at Southport hospital said: “We are asking people to return crutches which are no longer needed.

“Although crutches are only used for a short period of time, they can be used again by new patients.  

“We can clean and repair crutches and then reissue them. This will negate the need to purchase extra pairs which cost around £11 each.”

The crutch amnesty will run until the 31 March 2016 and crutch drop-off bins have been placed in several locations across Southport and Ormskirk:

 

Hants Lane Clinic

Hants Lane

Ormskirk

L39 1PX

 

Ainsdale Centre for Health & Wellbeing

174 Sandbrook Road

Southport

PR8 3RJ

 

Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing

44-46 Hoghton Street

Southport

PR9 0PQ

 

Rehabilitation Department

Ormskirk & District General Hospital

Wigan Road

Ormskirk

L39 2AZ

 

 

Issued by Dickie Felton

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

 

Telephone     01704 7065061

Email              dickie.felton@nhs.net 

Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk

Twitter            @SONHSTrust

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