'Bring back our missing crutches' says hospital trust

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First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

The NHS trust in charge of Watford General Hospital has appealed to people to return hundreds of pairs of crutches and walking sticks that have gone missing.

People who have been loaned walking aids are being urged to return them as soon as possible as part of an equipment amnesty across the trust's three sites in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Missing equipment includes crutches which have been give out by the trust's children’s A&E team.

Hospital chiefs say items which are not returned cost thousands of pounds to replace - money that could be better spent on front-line services.

Michelle O’Grady is the matron for the children’s A&E department.

She said: "We know that returning crutches or other equipment is the last thing on anyone’s mind when they’re back on their feet again and getting better.

"However, we feel it’s worth reminding people to just have a look around and ask them to hand crutches and other hospital equipment back in if they’ve inadvertently hung on to it.

"The amnesty will give people the chance to clear out the crutches that have been cluttering their home for months and will help replenish our stocks.

"We won’t ask questions or criticise people for holding on to them.  We’ll just be happy to have them back.

"If you have any walking aids or other borrowed equipment supplied by Watford, Hemel Hempstead or St Albans hospitals please return them back to where they were supplied."

 

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1:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew1963 says...

thats a change, two years ago they told me to donate my dads walking aids to the British Red Cross, as they did not want them back.
thats a change, two years ago they told me to donate my dads walking aids to the British Red Cross, as they did not want them back. Andrew1963
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3:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

garston tony says...

Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back
Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back garston tony
  • Score: 5

7:24pm Tue 2 Sep 14

jennernick says...

oh they want my crutches now??? i tried to take mine back and got told no need because its cheaper to get new ones than to clean n replace rubber stoppers then got sent away with said crutches
oh they want my crutches now??? i tried to take mine back and got told no need because its cheaper to get new ones than to clean n replace rubber stoppers then got sent away with said crutches jennernick
  • Score: 4

10:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

E.Coli says...

take them back and pay 4 quid parking for the privilege.
take them back and pay 4 quid parking for the privilege. E.Coli
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Keith63uk says...

i tried to take mine back four years ago, and got told no need because they were single use only.
i tried to take mine back four years ago, and got told no need because they were single use only. Keith63uk
  • Score: 3

11:08am Wed 3 Sep 14

The Rover says...

garston tony wrote:
Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back
or charge a deposit?
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back[/p][/quote]or charge a deposit? The Rover
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12:45pm Wed 3 Sep 14

garston tony says...

The Rover wrote:
garston tony wrote: Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back
or charge a deposit?
Or both
[quote][p][bold]The Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Just a thought, but hows about when equipment is 'loaned out' they keep a record of who to and then ask for it back[/p][/quote]or charge a deposit?[/p][/quote]Or both garston tony
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LSC says...

Waiving the parking fee would be a good start.
Waiving the parking fee would be a good start. LSC
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12:01pm Thu 4 Sep 14

garston tony says...

They could be returned to GP's surgeries and collected from there once a week or something, no parking fees and no excuses from those that no longer need them (although I note that people have been turned away when they have tried to return them in the past which sounds like a wasteful policy of the past)
They could be returned to GP's surgeries and collected from there once a week or something, no parking fees and no excuses from those that no longer need them (although I note that people have been turned away when they have tried to return them in the past which sounds like a wasteful policy of the past) garston tony
  • Score: 0
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