Devon County Council appeal to return community equipment no longer needed

hands holding a metal walking frame

Posted on: 14 April 2020

Devon County Council is urgently appealing for members of the public to return community equipment they no longer need, including commodes, walking frames, shower stools, and raised toilet seats, as increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic for these items has meant stocks are in danger of becoming short in supply.

Equipment like this is often given to people when they leave hospital, or after a period of illness, to help them stay safe and regain their independence. However the outbreak of the virus has meant that NHS and social care teams have needed to quickly support a much higher volume of patients with items of equipment, placing an increased demand on the local equipment service.

Also, with COVID-19 putting staffing pressures on manufacturers; supply and distribution chains are also feeling the strain.

So the usual supplies, in normal times adequate, right now are low. Some items, such as commodes, are in especially high demand.

The Council is asking that anyone who has items of equipment they are no longer using to contact Millbrook Care on 0330 124 4491 so that a collection can be arranged, free of charge. Once a collection is arranged, people will be asked to leave the item outside or in a safe place for collection by Millbrook.

Items that can be re-used will be fully tested, refurbished if required, and thoroughly cleaned before being reused.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Services, said:

“Coronavirus has caused a significant increase in the need for vital community equipment. If anyone has any of these items at home and no longer uses them, please can they get in touch, so that it can be reused to help those who are in need.

“There is some excellent work going on to support the most vulnerable in our communities during these challenging times and this is another valuable way in which you can do that.”

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