After last week’s call for the return of therapies equipment, Yeovil Hospital has said thank you to members of the public for returning a mass of items no longer needed by patients.

“The response by local residents has been incredible”, says Liz Goodwill, Senior Occupational Therapist at the Trust. “In just one week, we’ve had over 120 items returned, from Zimmer frames, walking sticks and crutches to shoe horns and bath seats – collectively worth over £1,200. It’s brilliant how quickly local people have reacted; our store cupboards are overflowing! Thank you to everybody who has taken time out of their day to drop these items back to us.”

The returned equipment is already being sterilised ready for re-use, with more items expected to be dropped off over the coming weeks.

Therapy Services Manager, Caroline Manson, said, “We are delighted with the positive response from members of the public. Every piece of equipment returned, be it a grabber or a back rest, is a tremendous help to our department in delivering services to our patients. A big thank you to everyone who’s brought items back so far”.

If you have any equipment at your home, there are lots of ways you can return them. During office hours, equipment can be dropped off to the Therapies department at Yeovil Hospital, which is situated on the entrance level (Level 3). Out of hours, equipment can be returned to the hospital’s main reception, which is also on Level 3. If you are unable to get to Yeovil, community hospitals across the county are also able to accept returned items; please phone ahead to check the best way to return items to your local community hospital.

Physiotherapy staff demonstrate some kinds of equipment that can be returned

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