Appeal for return of disability equipment
Have you got disability equipment you don't use any more? Maybe you have a shower chair lying forgotten in the attic or a wheelchair you haven't got around to returning? If so, it could be re-used by someone who needs it and help to save thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money in the process.
Last year, the NHS and the London Borough of Merton helped hundreds of residents live at home safely by lending them equipment including beds, chairs and mattresses.
Nearly 90% of returned equipment is re-used, having been deep cleaned and safety checked it first. It's far cheaper than buying new.
NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the London Borough of Merton are now encouraging residents who have equipment they no longer use to get in touch to arrange for it to be collected free from their homes.
Sarah Rushton, Commissioning Manager for Older People and Integrated Care at Merton CCG said:
"We want to encourage everyone in Merton who has equipment on loan from the NHS or council that they no longer need, to return it to us as soon as possible.
"Whatever it is or whatever state items are in, it will all be assessed and safety tested, and either repaired and reused or stripped down to be recycled.
Common examples of NHS equipment that often gets forgotten and left unreturned include: manual wheelchairs, walking frames or sticks, supportive seating, and specialist mattresses or cushions.
Collection is FREE to Merton residents, so if you or members of your family have any disability equipment that is not being used, please get in touch.
To arrange collection, call 020 8664 8860 (press option 1) or email: email@example.com