Walking aids amnesty to support patients and the environment


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has announced an ‘amnesty’ for people to return unused walking aids that may be refurbished and used to support patients. 

The scheme will mean people in the local community who have unused walking frames, elbow crutches or aluminium walking sticks that the Trust has previously issued, can return them during the amnesty set to be held on Wednesday, 23 November. 

This equipment can be returned between 9am and 3pm to either Lytham Primary Care Centre on Victoria Street in the town, South Shore Primary Care Centre, Lytham Road and Hesketh House, Broadway, Fleetwood. The scheme is also accepting Trust linen. 

Kirk Raymond, Deputy Head of Therapies at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, said: “Walking aids are given to patients who require them by a range of Trust teams both based in our hospitals and in the community. 

“This specialist equipment can be expensive to purchase new, and refurbishing used equipment can help more patients to receive the support they need and is an important aspect of the Trust’s Green Plan. 

“Much of the equipment out there is exactly where it should be – with the people who need it most. However, we know there is also plenty which is perhaps no longer needed and may even end up in a landfill. 

“We would urge people to help with our amnesty and drop them off at the two locations we are making available.” 

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