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Right Arrow Hospital Crutch Amnesty
22 December 2015 at 10:21


Patients given NHS crutches to help in their recovery are being asked to give them back when they are no longer needed.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust issues hundreds of pairs of crutches to patients who often forget to return them once they are no longer needed.

Unreturned equipment costs the Trust thousands of pounds a year.

Caitlin Edwards, Clinical Therapy Manager at Southport hospital said: “We are asking people to return crutches which are no longer needed.

“Although crutches are only used for a short period of time, they can be used again by new patients.  

“We can clean and repair crutches and then reissue them. This will negate the need to purchase extra pairs which cost around £11 each.”

The crutch amnesty will run until the 31 March 2016 and crutch drop-off bins have been placed in several locations across Southport and Ormskirk:

Hants Lane Clinic
Hants Lane
L39 1PX
Ainsdale Centre for Health & Wellbeing
174 Sandbrook Road
Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing
44-46 Hoghton Street
Rehabilitation Department
Ormskirk & District General Hospital
Wigan Road
L39 2AZ

Photograph shows Jane Galbraith and Caitlin Edwards from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.

Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 7065061
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.