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Hospital launches crutch amnesty

Created on 22/02/2017 @ 07:29
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The Trust which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is urging former patients to return unwanted crutches and walking frames.

Emergency teams get through hundreds of pairs of crutches every year and many are never brought back to hospital, costing the NHS thousands of pounds a year.

Crutches are only used for a short period of time, however, they are designed to be used over and over again. Many patients simply forget to return them to hospital once they are no longer needed.

Even those that can’t be used can be recycled, so now The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is launching an appeal asking former patients to return them.

Debbie Holland, Assistant Operations Manager for Emergency and Urgent Care at RSH, said: “We provide a lot of crutches, walking frames and other walking aids for patients and very often, when they are no longer needed, they are left in a shed or spare room and then thrown away. We are keen for as many of them to be returned as possible. This helps to save valuable resources for the NHS and ensures this equipment is there for those who need it most.”

SaTH issues around 100 pairs of crutches every month, at a cost of around £9,000 a year. The number which are returned is quite small.

SaTH’s ‘crutch amnesty’ will run throughout March. During that time equipment can be returned to the Plaster Rooms in A&E.

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