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Please return your unwanted NHS equipment

by Laura Johnston

Do you have any NHS equipment you no longer need? If so, it could be recycled and put to good use again.

Knowsley’s Integrated Community Equipment Service (ICES), is running a campaign to encourage patients to return all NHS loaned equipment they no longer need, such as wheelchairs, bathing aids, chairs, commodes, beds, mattresses and mobility frames, so they can be cleaned and given to people who really needs them.

ICES is asking that everyone who wants to return equipment they no longer need to get in touch as soon as possible to arrange a free collection, as part of the equipment amnesty. You can call 0151 244 4380 (option 2 for answerphone) – Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm – email ices@nwbh.nhs.uk, or drop off equipment between 8.30am and 5pm at:

  • Unit 11 Brickfields, Huyton Business Park, L36 6HY
  • Tower Hill Primary Care Resource Centre, Kirkby, L33 1XT
  • Bluebell Lane Medical Centre, Huyton, L36 7XY

Every year around 20,000 pieces of equipment are loaned out in Knowsley but less than half of these are returned. This costs the local NHS over £300,000 a year to replace. The service, which is delivered by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, provides free NHS equipment to support patients across Knowsley and Sefton.

Some examples of how much money could be saved by returning unused NHS community equipment include:

  • Each wheeled zimmer frame saves the NHS around £17
  • Each bath lift returned saves the NHS around £200
  • Each pressure mattress returned saves the NHS between £140 and £550
  • Each kitchen trolley returned saves the NHS around £40