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Press release – November 15 2016
Zimmer frame amnesty at Hereford County Hospital
Wye Valley NHS Trust is urging patients who have been loaned walking aid items to return them as soon as possible if they are no longer needed.
Zimmer frames, walking sticks and crutches are handed out to patients to help them return home and maintain their independence following treatment.
However, despite the hospital’s best efforts to ensure these items are returned so they can be used to help other patients, many have gone missing and are likely to be languishing in the corner of people’s homes.
“Please check spare rooms, cupboards and garages for those items that you have been meaning to return and just not got around to,” said Wye Valley NHS Trust’s chief operating officer Jon Barnes.
“These items provide vital support for those patients returning home allowing them to maintain their independence.”
Equipment can be returned to the physiotherapy department at Hereford County Hospital, or they can be dropped off at any of the county’s community hospitals or GP practices.
Anyone unable to return an item is asked to call the therapy services department at the County Hospital on 01432 372995 to arrange collection.
Members of the physiotherapy team at Hereford County Hospital with examples of the walking aids the hospital would like people to return.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.