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WWL Kicks off “Walking Aid Amnesty”

Newsdate: 6 December 2016 Walking Aid Amnesty

Christmas is almost upon us and as you’re clearing out your homes making room for decorations and visitors why not take a moment to see if you have any borrowed walking aids lying around too.

Often patients with new or temporary mobility issues such as breaks or sprains will leave the hospital with borrowed walking aids. These items, while useful to you at one point may no longer be needed and could be returned to help other patients.

Walking aids can be costly; in fact, over the last year almost 8,000 walking aids were issued costing WWL close to £60,000. By returning unused walking aids like crutches, zimmer frames or walking sticks, you are helping us to save money and reduce waste. That extra money will go directly back into our services and facilities which will help to support our ongoing efforts to provide the best care for our patients.

The Walking Aid Amnesty starts Monday 5 December and drop-off points will be set up across WWL. We are asking patients to return their walking aides that are in good condition to the following locations:

  • Leigh Hospital - Area 5 Reception
  • Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan - Volunteer desk near to Entrance 2 of the hospital (next to Christopher Home Building)
  • Wrightington Hospital – Therapy Department

Drop offs can be made at these locations any time between 9.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday until 6 January, 2017.