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
Ainsdale Centre for Health & Wellbeing
174 Sandbrook Road
Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing
44-46 Hoghton Street
Ormskirk & District General Hospital
Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 7065061
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