Harrogate hospital trust asks patients to return unused walking sticks and crutches during amnesty

Staff at Harrogate District Hospital are appealing to members of the public to return any crutches and walking sticks they no longer use as part of an amnesty.

By Gemma Jimmison
Monday, 20th December 2021, 11:17 am

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has spent £14,000 on purchasing new crutches this year and has issued around 2,000 pairs to patients in need.

Typically, only 50 per cent are returned, costing the trust a significant amount of money and leading to shortages which can effect treatment for new patients.

The trust has also been experiencing supply issues in getting replacement items.

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Karen Alford, Therapy Team Lead, said: “Our orders of crutches have been getting less reliable over the past few months and we are now at a point where delivery dates keep being rescheduled and moved further back.

“This has created a significant problem with our supply of crutches - it is happening across the country with lots of other equipment.

“We would ask our former patients who have now recovered to return their crutches and walking sticks so that we can help other people. You may have forgotten you have them and they may be hiding in cupboards or behind sofas, so we would ask you to take a look and return any you find as soon as possible.”

Spare crutches and sticks can be handed over to Therapy Services reception at Harrogate District Hospital or placed in the crutch return box by the Therapy Service’s waiting area.

All crutches and walking sticks are thoroughly cleaned before they are used by other patients.

For more information on the amnesty, call Therapy Services on 01423 553472.