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Appeal for unwanted medical equipment

Appeal for unwanted medical equipment

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 4:29pm 25th February 2020.

Main image: Medequip Exhibition Unit.

There's an appeal for North Yorkshire residents to return unwanted medical equipment across North Yorkshire.

  • The company which provides community medical equipment in North Yorkshire is appealing for it to be returned.
  • They'd like to return unwanted items like crutches and walking frames back into circulation.
  • The company can collect some items for free.

The company which provides community medical equipment to North Yorkshire, on behalf of the county council, is appealing for people to return unwanted crutches, walking frames or chair raisers.

Medequip, which works alongside the council and local Clinical Commissioning Groups, is looking to return the items back into circulation.

Steve Smith is the company's North East regional manager. He said:

"The NHS loses hundreds of thousands of pounds every year in the shape of crutches, walking sticks, bathroom aids - in short, all sorts of equipment provided free of charge to help people after accidents or to keep older people independent for longer."

"We are working with county council and CCG colleagues to try to bring more of this much needed equipment back into circulation.

"Most items only need a clean and a check over to be reissued to someone else in need of support."

As part of a 'Return, Recycle, Reuse' campaign across North Yorkshire, the company has set up drop off points at Manse Lane in Knaresborough and the household waste recycling centre at Pennypot Lane in Harrogate.

Dr Charles Parker, the Clinical Chair Designate for North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

"It’s a fact that most people don’t intend to keep hold of this equipment. In many cases, they’re simply not aware of how to return it.

"Maybe they’ve mislaid the details, or maybe they have all good intentions to do so and the time has just slipped by.

"If you’ve got items languishing in your garage, cupboard, shed or attic, here’s your chance to do your bit for the NHS and local council."

Medequip will also pick up some items for free - call 01423 226240 or email north.yorks@medequip-uk.com for more details.