A watchdog for the NHS in Kirklees has received a positive response to its recently-launched amnesty which is calling for local people to return crutches, walking aids and wheelchairs.
Shortly after announcing the amnesty Healthwatch said it was “blown away” by the amount of people who had contacted it about returning equipment, which can be recycled and re-used in hospitals and health centres in the area.
Clare Costello, senior advisor at Healthwatch Kirklees, told the Dewsbury Reporter that the group has heard many stories from patients during the past 12 months about having difficulties returning crutches or other equipment to local hospitals.
She said: “We think this amnesty could potentially have a financial benefit to the local health economy especially as winter pressures mount but also help people de-clutter their homes of unwanted equipment.”
In the last year a number of health and NHS trusts around the country have issued amnesties calling for mobility equipment to be returned.
Increasing financial pressures alongside growing demand for such equipment has meant some health facilities are facing a severe shortage of mobility aids.