Devon is experiencing a shortage of equipment that allows vulnerable people to live independently and Devon County Council has launched an equipment amnesty to help alleviate the shortage. Parish councils are being asked to help circulate the message in their communities that anyone with equipment that is no longer needed can arrange to have it collected free of charge, for re-use.
Supply chain pressures are causing the shortage; continued high levels of coronavirus cases world-wide have caused disruption to supplies as shipping routes have been under pressure. Manufacturing factories have also been working on reduced capacity, increasing supplier lead-in times.
As a result, community equipment stocks in Devon are running low; Devon County Council and NHS Devon CCG are taking early action to mitigate the risk of running out of stock by launching the equipment amnesty.
Equipment that is needed includes four-wheeled walking frames, toileting equipment, hospital beds, clinical mattresses, pressure cushions and hoists. Staff of Millbrook Healthcare Ltd will collect the equipment from properties free of charge between Monday 9 and Monday 30 August. To arrange a collection, people should call 03301248214.
Councillor James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for adult social care and health, said: “We were pleasantly surprised at the level of response we received to last year’s amnesty, with hundreds of items if not more collected from people’s homes across Devon. We’re hoping to achieve that again while we’re experiencing these problems in the supply chain, but there are also good environmental reasons too as to why we’re keen to re-use equipment where we can. If the equipment amnesty is successful, we’ll be considering whether to hold it regularly as a matter of routine.”
Millbrook Healthcare Limited already operate a re-use service throughout the year, collecting items that are left at council-run household waste recycling centres for collection. What can be re-used is refurbished and put back into the system; other items are recycled or given to charity as overseas aid.
Please do share details of the equipment amnesty with your communities to help get the message out; there is more information here.