A hospital in the North West of England has issued a plea to former patients urging them to return mobility aids which are no longer in use in an effort to save the foundation thousands of pounds.
Over the past 12 months Warrington and Halton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust issued almost 4,700 walking aids at a cost of nearly £47,000.
Hundred of pairs of crutches and walking sticks that have been issued to assist those with temporarily limited mobility, such as breaks and sprains, have not been returned.
In response the trust will launch a walking aid amnesty in a bid to have equipment returned in order to help other patients. The campaign, which is designed to save funds and waste, is set to launch next month and will direct the saved cash back into the hospital.
Julie Blackburn, team lead physiotherapist at Warrington Hospital, said: “We know that returning crutches or other equipment is the last thing on anyone’s mind when they’re back on their feet again and getting better.
“However, we feel it’s worth reminding people to just have a look around and ask them to hand crutches and metal sticks back in to the hospital if they are no longer needed.
“The amnesty will give people the chance to clear out the crutches that have been cluttering their home for months and will help replenish our stocks.”
From Friday, September 1, walking aids in a good condition can be dropped off daily between 8am and 8pm at the League of Friends helpdesk in the main entrance and the A&E reception area at Warrington Hospital.
Equipment can also be left at the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre in Runcorn or the Healthcare Resource Centre in Widnes.