Published 18 January 2022
Do you have any mobility equipment you no longer need? Now is the perfect time to return it to one of three new dedicated drop-off points at our hospitals in Ashford, Canterbury, Margate.
This includes NHS or council-loaned equipment such as crutches, commodes, walking frames, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, free-standing toilet frames, perching stools, chair raisers, kitchen trolleys and wheeled walkers.
Andrea Reid, Therapy Lead for William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, said: “As people’s needs change, they may no longer need this equipment, so we’ve set up new drop-off points to make it easier for people to return it. This will help us help others in need of extra support to get home from hospital and be as independent as possible.”
William Harvey Hospital, Ashford: Container located next to the Spencer Wing entrance.
QEQM Hospital, Margate: Container located next to the Maternity entrance, St Peters Road.
Kent and Canterbury, Canterbury: Container located in car park 3, near outpatients.
Jane Miller, Kent County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Principal Occupational Therapist, said: “It’s vitally important that we recycle any unused equipment loaned to people who no longer require it. Global supply chain problems can delay arrival of some new items so our recycle and reuse approach is more important now than ever. This not only means we have equipment available when we need it but also helps services save money.”
All equipment will be assessed and thoroughly cleaned before reuse.
You can also arrange free collection of equipment with a barcoded sticker by calling NRS Healthcare on 01622 235300.
For wheelchairs only, please call Millbrook on 0330 124 4485 to arrange collection.