York Hospital in plea for return of medical equipment

YORK Hospital has launched a “crutch amnesty” as staff appeal for the return of medical equipment.

The NHS has said items such as crutches which are not brought back, despite patients only needing them for a short time, cost thousands of pounds a year.

Simon Etches, charge nurse in the hospital’s emergency department, said many people forget to return the equipment and asked for them to search attics, garages and shed for the hospital’s property.

He said: “We have noticed our supply of crutches has gradually become more and more depleted, and we just want them back.”

Wheelchairs, walking sticks and walking frames are also being sought.

All equipment can be returned to the hospital’s accident and emergency reception or the physiotherapy and occupational therapy department reception.

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11:17am Wed 13 Feb 13

Aldo says...

Would it be an idea to take some form of deposit/security on these items.
Would it be an idea to take some form of deposit/security on these items. Aldo
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2:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

alfie says...

But I took the mop bucket back honestly you must have more than one YD??!!??
But I took the mop bucket back honestly you must have more than one YD??!!?? alfie
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8:12pm Wed 13 Feb 13

AnotherPointofView says...

Aldo wrote:
Would it be an idea to take some form of deposit/security on these items.
I wholeheartedly agree.

I would also have a "fine" system for missing an NHS appointment. The Doctors all seem to have a list of "x" appointments missed last week.

If you had to pay a levy of £10-£20 for a missed appointment, you might think twice before missing an appointment. As the system is free, it's so easy for many to abuse it.
[quote][p][bold]Aldo[/bold] wrote: Would it be an idea to take some form of deposit/security on these items.[/p][/quote]I wholeheartedly agree. I would also have a "fine" system for missing an NHS appointment. The Doctors all seem to have a list of "x" appointments missed last week. If you had to pay a levy of £10-£20 for a missed appointment, you might think twice before missing an appointment. As the system is free, it's so easy for many to abuse it. AnotherPointofView
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8:45pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Paul Meoff says...

So the hospital is crutchless. Not that different to Anne Summers then.
So the hospital is crutchless. Not that different to Anne Summers then. Paul Meoff
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