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Local residents are being asked to return medical equipment they have been given by the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership (DHSCP) that they no longer need.

DHSCP has declared an ‘equipment amnesty’ to ensure current patients have access to the vital devices they require. This includes assistive equipment like walking frames, toilet rails and mobility aids that are often only used in the short-term to facilitate rehabilitation after being discharged from hospital.

However, some patients and service users will forget to return these products once they are no longer needed, the partnership stresses.

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Chair of the Integration Joint Board of the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership Ken Lynn said: “Each year thousands of pounds worth of valuable equipment is not returned to the partnership.

“We are already experiencing issues with supply as we head into winter and we are therefore urging the public to have a think and look around for any unused equipment they or a loved one may have and return it the partnership.

“The equipment is easily refurbished and cleaned to enable someone else to use them, even if you think it won’t be of any use, I would urge you to return it as we can refurbish it.

“Anyone can call our Equipment store number and we can arrange for someone to come and pick up any unused bits of equipment for free.”

People who can return assistive devices are encouraged to call 01382 307630 to arrange collection. Alternatively, members of the public can return any unused equipment to the Dundee and Angus Equipment Store.

The Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership (DHSCP) represents a collaboration between NHS Tayside, Dundee City Council, partners from the third sector, and independent providers of health and social care services. NHS Tayside and Dundee City Council have delegated some of their responsibilities to the partnership.

A joint board has also been established to manage adult health and social care services. The partnership strives to operate with a single vision and a unified budget.

DHSCP is not the only organisation that has declared an ‘equipment amnesty’ in recent times.

For example, Shetland Island Council’s occupational therapy team recently called on residents to return assistive equipment, like bathlifts, toilet frames and bed leavers, that they no longer need to the council.

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