Hospital launches crutch amnesty
13 January 2015
Southend University Hospital’s rehabilitation department is urging former patients to return crutches that are no longer needed.
A set of crutches costs around £10 per pair so the hospital's
head of rehabilitation, Noreen Buckley, is particularly keen for
She said: "We know how easy it is for crutches to be put away in
the garage or in a cupboard under the stairs and forgotten about
once patients no longer need them. The cost of not returning
crutches to the hospital is around £28,000 a year, so it
really is important that they are brought back once
patients can manage without them."
Unwanted crutches can be handed in at the rehabilitation
department or accident and emergency reception desks, or the
Noreen said: "We'd be really grateful if patients who have been
given crutches from the hospital could return them if they are no
longer needed, particularly any given out in the last 12
"Even if they are singles, we can match them up with others to
make pairs before getting them cleaned and refurbished ready for
other patients to use."