Unwanted healthcare equipment

Those with unused health and social care equipment are being urged to return it. Worldwide manufacturing has slowed because of the pandemic, and new equipment is harder to come by.

Oxfordshire’s ‘Hand it Back’ campaign encourages people to get unused items collected from them. An unused chair or piece of equipment can be recycled for someone else in need.

The items being sought are:

Chairs, beds, bed rails and mattresses; wheeled commodes; any electrical items; walking and toilet frames; pendent alarm equipment/sensors (Telecare); and slings.

All items for return must have a barcoded NRS or Millbrook sticker on them, and they can be collected by NRS Healthcare or taken to the NRS Bicester depot. Items must not be taken back to other health or social care buildings.

Those wanting to give back equipment can arrange a collection by calling NRS Healthcare on 01869 225420 or by sending their details to . NRS Bicester Depot is at Unit 8, Longlands Road, OX26 5AH and is open from 8.30am-4.30pm on weekdays.