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Fears over winter supply shortage prompts health service to call for return of unused mobility aids

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Amid ongoing concerns of supply issues, patients in Dundee are being asked to return their unused medical equipment to help prevent a shortage this winter.

Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership has issued a plea for anyone with mobility aids such as walking sticks and zimmer frames to return them if they are no longer required.

The Partnership said it was already experiencing issues with supply, with this likely to get worse over the winter.

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Walking sticks, zimmers and mobility aids are in particular demand, plus toilet rails and walking frames.

Speaking to The Courier, Ken Lynn, chairman of the integration joint board of the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Each year thousands of pounds worth of valuable equipment is not returned to the partnership.

“We are already experiencing issues with supply as we head into winter and we are therefore urging the public to have a think and look around for any unused equipment they or a loved one may have and return it the partnership.

He added: “The equipment is easily refurbished and cleaned to enable someone else to use them, even if you think it won’t be of any use, I would urge you to return it as we can refurbish it.

“Anyone can call our equipment store number and we can arrange for someone to come and pick up any unused bits of equipment for free.”

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