As part of national falls awareness week the Trust is offering free ‘MOTs’ for walking aids. We are also urging anyone with walking aid they no longer need to bring them back so they can be recycled.

Helen May, deputy head of physiotherapy said:

“It’s really important that walking sticks, zimmer frames and crutches are well maintained to help prevent falls. That’s why my team will be on hand at the Cumberland infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital to give a free MOT to walking aids as part of falls awareness week. We’ll also take any unwanted walking aids back so that we can clean and reissue them for others who need them.”

You can pop and see the team on Wednesday 21st September between 9am and 4pm

If you have any crutches, zimmer frames, or NHS issued walking sticks you can return them to the main entrance at the Cumberland infirmary or West Cumberland Hospital or to any community hospital.

Helen added:

"By handing them in, you’re not only helping us but it’s much better for the planet when we reuse equipment. Many of you may have stored them away and forgotten they are in the home. Please bring them back so we can re-use them. It is perfectly safe to bring them back for them to be professionally cleaned so they can be safely reused by other patients.”

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