Charge Nurse Manager, Kathryn Wadsworth, says stocks are very low. “We are down to our last few pairs of crutches and we are continually having to order in more, at significant cost, when we know there must be dozens of pairs no longer needed out there in the community.”
Forgotten crutches and other hospital equipment, like wheelchairs and bathroom equipment, can be returned to the hospital’s main reception.
South Wairarapa residents can drop crutches off at their local medical centres.
“We often see more injuries with summer sports and the festive season,” says Kathryn. “People need crutches when they have an acute injury, and we know there are plenty out there, forgotten and unused.
“We really appreciate people returning them promptly when they have finished with them because there is always a demand.”