A campaign which encourages patients to return all NHS loaned equipment has been relaunched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.
The community equipment amnesty aims to recover items such as wheelchairs, mattresses and walking aids once they are no longer needed as part of a drive to reduce wastage and improve sustainability.
The equipment service loans NHS equipment to support patients across Liverpool on the understanding they will be returned when no longer required so they can be cleaned, reused and recycled. The trust estimates that not returning items of equipment costs the local NHS over £500,000 every single year, which is money that could instead be re-invested into supporting other patients.
Liza Alexandra, community equipment service lead, said: “We made the decision to relaunch the equipment amnesty following the success of previous campaigns.
“Everyone will be aware of the financial pressures facing the NHS, and the equipment amnesty is one way that our team felt we could locally help to reduce wastage and also save money.
“We want to encourage people in our local communities who have items of NHS equipment on loan which they no longer require to help us and return it as soon as possible so we can reissue to someone else in need.”
Common examples of NHS equipment that often get forgotten and left unreturned include manual wheelchairs, walking aids, supportive seating and specialist mattresses or cushions. These items also often end up on skips following house clearances or in charity shops.
If you, or a relative, have any NHS equipment you no longer require you can arrange for it to be collected free of charge at a time to suit by calling: 0151 295 9816.
Alternatively, you can also return it to the Liverpool Community Equipment Service during opening hours (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) at either of the following addresses:
Community Equipment Store, Lifehouse Centre, Summers Road, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4BL
Community Equipment Store, Units 4 -7 Graylaw Trading Estate, Wareing Road, Aintree, L9 7AU.