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False legs find their way home.

Byline: NICK LAVIGUEUR nick@examiner.co.uk @grecian9

ZIMMER frames, crutches, walking sticks and even two false legs have found their way home after an appeal by the NHS.

Patient group Healthwatch Kirklees issued an amnesty in February for people who had been hoarding medical equipment at home.

And they were overwhelmed with the response which saw more than 230 pieces of NHS equipment returned.

Healthwatch has estimated that several thousand pounds worth of equipment has been handed in.

The haul included seven wheelchairs, 66 Zimmer frames, 59 pairs of crutches, one back brace and, to the surprise of the Healthwatch team, two artificial limbs.

Other bits and pieces to find their way back to the health service included commodes, home helper trolleys and specialist toilet seats for the infirm and elderly. Healthwatch adviser Clare Costello said: "We get loads of calls from people saying that they'd struggled to return NHS equipment to the right place.

"Often people didn't know where to take it or they were told they'd taken the equipment to the wrong place or even that they didn't need to return the equipment they no longer needed."

She added: "People love the NHS. They know the financial pressure that the council and NHS are under and wanted to make a contribution. Recycling old equipment seemed to be a good way to do it."

Georgia Greasley, operations manager for Medequip, said: "Medequip collect, recycle and reuse more than 25,000 items of equipment each year.

"We are delighted to work with Healthwatch to make people more aware of how to return equipment appropriately.

"Every delivery we make includes an information card on how to request equipment collection when it is no longer needed."

You can call Medequip on 01484 728970 to arrange collection of the equipment, or provide advice on how to return items.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2018
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