Oswestry’s specialist orthopaedic hospital is urging former patients to return therapy equipment that is no longer required as it faces a shortage.

The amnesty has been declared at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) by therapy staff as a way of replenishing supplies and saving the NHS some money.

Any equipment that is returned to the Oswestry-based hospital is cleaned up and re-conditioned so it can be used again by future patients.

Philip Hulse, Therapies Service Manager, said: “Every week we hand out on average 150 – 200 pairs of crutches and we have been successful in patients returning these. I thank everyone who has helped us with returning their crutches, and please continue to do so.

“This request is slightly different – we are asking patients who live outside of Shropshire and were given equipment such as perching stools; toilet aids such as free-standing frames, raised toilet seats with handles and commodes; and walking frames, more commonly known as Zimmer frames, that were issued in the past two years to return them to RJAH.”

Patients who have been issued equipment from RJAH and reside outside of Shropshire are being asked to return it to the hospital directly at Location 37, Occupational Therapy. Due to restrictions still in place, all equipment should be left at the outside drop off area and not brought inside the building.

Those patients who live in Shropshire and have equipment to return, please contact Community Equipment Store on 01952 603838 to arrange collection.

Sara Ellis-Anderson, Interim Chief Nurse, said: “We know people don’t set out to keep the equipment that has been given to them and returning equipment is the last thing on anyone’s minds when they’re properly back on their feet again. However, we do really need them.

“We are always looking at ways of working more efficiently so we really must stress the importance of returning any piece of hospital equipment that can be used again to the benefit of other patients.

“If you have any of the items – toilet aids, commodes or walking frames – we have issued at home lurking in the garage or in the back of the cupboard, please return them. We would be very grateful, and you can help save your local hospital money.”

Pictured: Therapy Support Worker Jo Lewis and Physiotherapist Melanie Plant with the physiotherapy equipment that the team are appealing for.