New community equipment service launches in Scottish Borders

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A new ‘state of the art’ facility that will to stock, recycle and redistribute community mobility equipment in the Scottish Borders has opened to replace the old Borders Ability Equipment Service.

The newly named Community Equipment Service in Tweedbank has been designed to ensure ability equipment is cleaned and recycled to high standards in as short a time as possible. It is hoped this will mean that equipment can be returned for use in the community without delay.

The building contains an industrial washer/disinfector, improved welfare facilities for staff, a larger warehouse for increased stock holding and a public space for demonstrating equipment.

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The work was funded by the Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership and accompanies the refurbishment of a care home in Waverley.

Tracey Logan, chief executive of the social care partnership, said that the relocation of the community equipment service will benefit anyone needing to be supplied with suitable mobility equipment

“As well as having increased storage space for new equipment, any items that are returned as part of the ability equipment amnesty the partnership is currently running, can now be recycled quickly and efficiently before being reissued to the people who need them.”

Meanwhile, Philip Barr, managing director for SB Cares, commented: “The refurbishment and upgrade to these two facilities is most welcome and we are grateful to the Partnership for the priority they have given to both projects. Our staff work hard to deliver the highest standard of service they can, but to be able to do so in these new and improved environments will certainly help them achieve this.”

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