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    Unwanted equipment

    Hi,

    Does anyone have any idea who I could give the equipment to that hubby used?

    He had two walking frames, a wheeled commode, 4 elephant feet for the arm chair, 4 walking sticks, toilet frame with black seat, a small stool and a plastic caddy that goes on the walking frame.

    I understand that the equipment is non-returnable, but I donít know where might take it. Surely it doesnít go to the tip?

    If anyone has any ideas, I would be very grateful.

    Thank you,

    Wailywoo

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    Hi Wailywoo,

    You could ask in your local charity shops if they would like them; offer it on something like freecycle; ask if a local foodbank knows of anyone who might need it; or somewhere like Emmaus or a local charity helping the homeless.

    I hope that helps you to decide what to do.
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    Hi Dina,

    Thanks for your message and ideas. I have tried local charities and they don’t want any of it. Can’t believe they don’t take some of it back and give it a good clean up. No wonder the NHS is leaking money!

    Thank you again,

    Wailywoo

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    Hi Wailywoo;

    I know a family that are well into recycling and do volunteer work for a charity. Maybe they will have some ideas of whats what in your area.

    Love Terry

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    Wailwoo, if you can't find any local place for the equipment, there are charities who would love to take it overseas.

    I give all my unneeded equipment (which my health service won't take back) to such a charity who bring it mainly to Africa, where our health services' rubbish can change lives - they were even grateful for a commode with a broken wheel.

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    Thank you Terry, I am in the Crewe area, so if they are able come up with any ideas in this area, that could be good.

    Thank you for your reply.

    Wailywoo

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    Oh Ellie, you are the font of all knowledge and good ideas.

    If you have a contact for the people who take the equipment abroad, I can’t think of a better cause for it.

    I would love to help out there. They could have an unbroken commode that was only a couple of weeks old before he went into hospital. Our health service won’t take anything back only the electric bed, which they collected today and he never got to use :-(

    Thank you very much for your reply.

    Wailywoo x

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    Oh I'm sorry Wailywoo but the charity I referred to is based in Dublin.

    If you search online for 'Recycling Mobility Aids', a few places come up but they're not really near you in Crewe

    Sometimes Lions Clubs organise collections and send out all sorts to a project they're linked with in Africa.

    Sorry I can't be of more help.

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    Trip to Dublin then Ellie, is it? Never been.....hire a van and take it all there or fit it in the car.....that would be an adventure :-)

    I will look at your link, Terry, thank you for all of the information.

    Hubby tried the Riluzole, only took 2 tablets and had such.a bad reaction. They took the remaining ones back! So sorry, I would definitely have sent those if he had any. It is such a worrying time as far as medicines are concerned, especially Riluzole.

    Thank you again,

    Wailywoo x

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    Terry, that's a really good point about Riluzole. I'm not sure, but I may have a few at home. When I get discharged home - at the moment it's likely to be Easter 2020 at the earliest, as mine is a Fast-Track CHC application (!) or Christmas 2021 if the application is downgraded to dead snail's pace - I will check if I have a stash and let you know.
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