An appeal to people in east Kent to return much needed community equipment has proven successful with two containers being filled in just a few weeks. NRS Healthcare has been working with Kent County Council and NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group to set up dedicated drop-off points at hospitals in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate.

Items which are loaned by the NHS or the council, through NRS Healthcare, can be returned. They include commodes, walking frames, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, free standing toilet frames, perching tools, chair raisers, kitchen trolleys and wheeled walkers. Crutches can also be returned.

Since launching the equipment return appeal, more than 60 pieces of equipment have been dropped off at the William Harvey Hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital and Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Almost all the items collected have since been repaired or recycled, ready to be used by others in need. Mobility equipment can help people in hospital get home quicker and enables people to live in their homes independently for longer.

Tom Lindsey is the Customer Service Manager for NRS Healthcare in Aylesford, Kent. He said:

“The response from the public these last couple of weeks has been amazing. Within the first two weeks of the campaign being introduced, we have managed to collect and clean over 60 items of equipment that have been subsequently reused in the community. The return and recycling of this equipment allows us to provide vital equipment for even more people in the community enabling them to be more independent and live a better quality of life.”

Jane Miller, Kent County Councils Adult Social Care and Health Principal Occupational Therapist, said:

“It’s vitally important that we recycle any unused equipment that may have been 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. Help us to help others.”

The drop off points are at the following locations:

William Harvey Hospital, Ashford – follow the equipment drop-off signs around the back of the hospital. The container is on your right just before the Spencer wing entrance.

Kent and Canterbury Hospital – Enter through the 1937 building entrance and drive straight ahead. Turn right into the disabled parking area immediately before the triangle in front of the main entrance.

QEQM Hospital, Margate – Enter the hospital via St Peters Road. The container is on the right of the maternity entrance doors.

For those people who are not able to return equipment with a barcoded sticker, NRS Healthcare will collect it for free. To book a collection, call 01622 235300.

If you live in another area but would like to return mobility equipment you no longer need, visit https://www.nrshealthcare.com/ices/index.php/t