Appeal for return of unused community care equipment

People are being asked to return any key items of community care equipment they no longer need, so that they can be used to help others safely return home from hospital.

 

Release date: 3 December 2020

People are being asked to return any key items of community care equipment they no longer need, so that they can be used to help others safely return home from hospital.

West Sussex County Council has issued the appeal for beds, mattresses, hoists and commodes, as well as walking frames, trolleys and perching stools which are on loan from the Community Equipment Service, but are no longer needed.

All equipment which is returned will help our colleagues in health and social care, who can use it to keep people independent, and safely discharge patients back to their own homes.

Keith Hinkley, Executive Director of Adults & Health, said: “People should only return items that they don’t need any more. A health or social care professional will need to advise when it is safe for someone to stop using anything that they are currently prescribed. We would never ask anyone to put themselves at risk by returning items they still need.”

Please contact 0345 127 2931 between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or email enquiries@westsussex.nrs-uk.net to arrange the safe collection of any equipment that is no longer needed.

All collection drivers will follow strict social distancing measures and all equipment is cleaned thoroughly before it is safely redistributed to others.

If you have a wheelchair on loan from the NHS which you no longer need, please contact SC-TR.SRCBAdmin@nhs.net

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