New campaign prompts residents to hand back unused health and social care equipment

People in Oxfordshire are being urged to return unused health and social care equipment so that others can take advantage of it.

Oxfordshire County Council has once again teamed up with Oxford Health, Oxford University Hospitals, and supplier NRS Healthcare through the Hand it Back campaign to encourage people to return equipment they no longer need.

The ongoing campaign has been prompted by a worldwide shortage of metal and shipping containers, resulting in manufacturing delays.

Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “With an ongoing shortage of equipment nationwide, we’re once again encouraging residents to return any unused items to us so we can recycle them. This is a good opportunity for residents who receive or provide care and support to take a minute where they can to check their homes for any equipment that they might no longer need.”

Examples of the pieces of unused equipment being sought are:

  • chairs, beds, bed rails and mattresses
  • wheeled commodes
  • any electrical items
  • any type of walking frames
  • toilet frames
  • pendent alarm equipment/sensors (telecare)
  • slings.

Items for return should have a barcoded NRS or Millbrook sticker on them.

Residents can arrange to have equipment collected by calling NRS Healthcare on 01869 225420 or by sending their details to enquiries@oxfordshire.nrs-uk.netEquipment should not be returned to hospitals

Smaller equipment such as crutches, bathing equipment, raised toilet seats, slings can be returned at collection points across the county between 10am and 2pm – no appointment is necessary:

  • Abingdon Community Support Service (CSS)

Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD

  • Banbury CSS

Neithrop Avenue, Banbury OX16 2NT

  • Bicester CSS

Launton Road, Bicester OX26 6DJ

  • Graham Hill House (10am to 3pm)

Electric Avenue, Ferry Hinksey Road, Oxford OX2 0BY

  • Oxford CSS

Awgar Stone Road, Horspath Driftway OX3 7JQ

  • Wallingford CSS

51 High Street, Wallingford OX10 0DB

  • Wantage CSS

Charlton Village Road, Wantage OX1 7HG

  • Witney CSS

6 Moorland Road, Witney OX28 6LF