Don’t forget to return your community equipment – Help the NHS and Social Services

Community Bed and Equipment Collections Request

The provision of community equipment is a vital part of the process that allows patients to be discharged from hospital to be cared for safely in their own homes. Community Equipment Providers are continuing to support the NHS and Social Services at this difficult time, using infection control procedures and enhanced PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to protect those whose homes they visit as well as their employees.

All Providers need your assistance to help facilitate more NHS patient discharges and free up more vital bed spaces. We are actively requesting those who no longer need loaned beds and Equipment to contact their equipment provider so that they can collect and re-cycle them. If you have a bed, or equipment, in your home that was supplied by the Community Equipment Service that you no longer need, please call your local Equipment Provider and they will arrange the safe collection and urgent recycling, so that the equipment may be used to help others now in need.

Contact details will be found on any documentation that has been left with you, or on a label on the equipment. If you do not have access to this please search on your local council website for “how to return equipment” or for “Occupational therapy”.

You can find your local council via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council