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Summer Amnesty: Return of Unused Hospital Loan Equipment

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Christmas is nearing and you need space for the relatives to stay? To help clear out space MidCentral Health is appealing to people who have finished using hospital loan equipment, to return it as soon as possible so other patients can use it.

​People may not be aware but most of the equipment given to patients to use is actually loan equipment and would be very useful to have back if people have finished using them. It may just be sitting in the corner of a room, the garage, the back of the cupboard or even hiding under the bed. 

If you’re not sure who it belongs to, bring it in and one of our staff will be able to get it to its rightful owner.

Materials Management Manager, Neil Aitcheson says there are many loan equipment items still out in the community, and he’d like as many of them back as possible for the busy Christmas-New Year period, but only if people have finished using them.

Mr Aitcheson said he’d particularly like to see walking frames, shower stools, over toilet frames, commodes, wheelchairs, bath boards, walking sticks, ‘helping hands/easy reaches’, and crutches returned, however virtually all equipment is always needed.

Any loan equipment that people have finished with, can either be left at the Loan Equipment Store at Palmerston North Hospital; or at Palmerston North Hospital (main reception desk, Ruahine Street entrance), Horowhenua Health Centre, Feilding Health Care Centre, 7 Duke Street Feilding, Dannevirke Community Hospital, and Pahiatua Community Health Services reception desks.

People can also ring Materials Management at Palmerston North Hospital on (06) 350-8990, so arrangements can be made for equipment to be picked up for free.

Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945

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