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York Hospital Launches Crutch Amnesty

York Hospital

4:08pm 12th February 2013

Staff at York Hospital are appealing for members of the public to search their attics, garages and sheds for hospital equipment, particularly crutches. The hospital has launched a ‘crutch amnesty’ in a bid to get people to return the equipment.

Unreturned equipment can cost the NHS thousands of pounds a year. Crutches are only used for a short period of time however they are designed to be used over and over again. Many patients simply forget to return them to the hospital once they are no longer needed.

Simon Etches, charge nurse at the hospital’s emergency department, said: “Although people are supposed to return their crutches once they have finished using them, recently we have noticed that our supply of crutches has gradually become more and more depleted. We just want them back, no questions will be asked.

“The idea of an amnesty is to encourage people to have a good look around their homes and return unused crutches and equipment to the hospital so that they can be cleaned and reused by other patients who need them.

“It is understandable that returning crutches is the last thing on anyone’s mind once they are back on their feet again. We don’t want people to feel embarrassed when they return their crutches, we are just very grateful that they have been returned.”

All equipment including wheelchairs, walking sticks and walking frames, is being sought and can be returned to the hospital’s A&E reception or the physiotherapy and occupational therapy department reception.

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