Physiotherapists UK: Bradford hospital launches equipment amnesty

1st June 2011

Bosses at hospitals in Bradford have launched an equipment amnesty in a bid to recover the tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment which goes missing every year.

The Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust has urged people who use its services to check around their homes for physiotherapy equipment such as crutches, walking frames and walking sticks which they may have neglected to return to the hospital.

It is part of a plan to claw back some of the money which is used to buy new equipment as some has not been brought back, in what the hospital has called the "era of austerity."

Throughout July and August people will be able to return the items to Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital.

Physiotherapy manager Jill Gregson said: "The idea of the amnesty is to encourage local people to have a good look around their homes, including attics and garages, and to return any pieces of equipment to the hospital, so that they can be cleaned and reused by patients who require them."

Last year, during a similar amnesty at a hospital in Bath, the NHS Trust revealed that each set of crutches cost £10 and each walking frame cost £15.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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