Hand it Back campaign seeks return of unused health and social care equipment

07/07/2021

Walking frames, wheeled commodes, crutches and slings are amongst the items being sought

Have you got any unused items of health and social care equipment that are no longer needed?   A campaign has been launched encouraging us to return items such as walking frames, toilet frames and wheeled commodes, so they can be reused.

Oxfordshire County Council has teamed up with Oxford Health, Oxford University Hospitals, and supplier NRS Healthcare through the Hand it Back campaign to encourage people to return anything they no longer need.

Reusable items are particularly important at the moment, prompted by a worldwide shortage of metal and shipping containers, resulting in manufacturing delays.

Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “With an ongoing shortage of equipment nationwide, we’re once again encouraging residents to return any unused items to us so we can recycle them. This is a good opportunity for residents who receive or provide care and support to take a minute where they can to check their homes for any equipment that they might no longer need.”

Examples of items of unused equipment that are being sought include:

  • chairs, beds, bed rails and mattresses
  • wheeled commodes
  • any electrical items
  • any type of walking frames
  • toilet frames
  • pendent alarm equipment/sensors (telecare)
  • slings.

Items for return should have a barcoded NRS or Millbrook sticker on them.

Collection can be arranged by calling NRS Healthcare on 01869 225420 or by emailing enquiries@oxfordshire.nrs-uk.net.

Smaller equipment such as crutches, bathing equipment, raised toilet seats, slings can be returned to Banbury CSS, Neithrop Avenue, Banbury OX16 2NT weekdays between 10am and 2pm.


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