Media Release

‘No questions asked’ walking aid amnesty at QEH

Do you have any hospital walking aids that should have been returned after your treatment but somehow has been forgotten? Then now is your chance to help the NHS save money, by returning your items to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital under a ‘no questions asked’ walking aids amnesty.

The NHS loses thousands of pounds worth of equipment each year to patients who take home items such as crutches and walking frames and fail to return them, despite requests.

An amnesty has been declared where any QEH. loaned walking aid equipment no longer legitimately needed can be returned to the hospital with no questions asked.

Rehabilitation Services Manager Nigel Tarratt said: “When patients are discharged from hospital they are often given items of equipment to help with their recovery. This could be something straightforward such as a walking aid or crutches.

“If patients and their families fail to return the equipment when it is no longer needed we do our best to recover it. Very often it cannot be found because it has been put away out of sight.”

The message to patients and their families is: please return any hospital loaned walking aids at your earliest convenience. No questions will be asked.

The drop-off point for returned walking aid items is at the Rehabilitation entrance at the front of the hospital.

The Trust can only reuse items which it originally loaned and these can be identified by blue, orange, red or purple ‘Q.E.H. Rehabilitation’ labels containing a serial number.


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