Patients are being asked to return medical equipment and medical aids that they borrowed from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, if they no longer require them.
This reminder is aimed at those who may have been given crutches, a wheelchair, a nebuliser or any other piece of equipment when discharged from hospital and now, after recuperation and rehabilitation, they no longer require the items.
The trust, which covers The James Cook University Hospital, the Friarage Hospital and the community and primary care hospitals in Redcar, Guisborough, Brotton, Richmond and Thirsk, recently had to purchase more syringe drivers at a cost of £70,000 – money which could have been put into patient care.
The trust is holding a week-long equipment amnesty between Monday 11 May and Friday 15 May inclusive, when such items will be gratefully received with ‘no questions asked’. Irrespective of how long patients may have had the items or in what state the items are returned, the amnesty will be totally anonymous.
No matter what size or value of equipment, or indeed if it is in working order, the items will all be assessed by the trust’s medical engineering team.The team will safety test the returned items, repair them or strip them down for repairs.
During this week-long amnesty you can leave the items at any of the locations listed below:
– North and south entrances at The James Cook University Hospital
– Main reception at Redcar Primary Care Hospital
– Reception at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital
– Reception at East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital, Brotton
– Reception at Friary Community Hospital, Richmond
– Logistics and delivery centre, Friarage Hospital (8.30am – 1pm only)
At any other time, you can return crutches, zimmer frames etc to the Tees community equipment service. You can contact them at Unit 3, Raleigh Court, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, TS2 1RR. Tel: 01642 224205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Todd, head of procurement and medical engineering at South Tees said: “As healthcare has advanced it has become more reliant on equipment and technology, and in order to continue to invest and use precious NHS resource effectively, it is essential that we do not waste money on replacing unnecessarily.”