Lend a hand for an arm and a leg
Wednesday, 16th June, 2010
The hunt is on for hundreds of pairs of unused borrowed crutches from the hospital's Emergency Department.
In light of the increasing problem of missing crutches, the Broken Hill Health Service is urging people to return them.
"The non-return of loaned crutches means the Health Service is continually purchasing new stock which is an unnecessary cost to the system and unfair to those people who have a genuine need for them," said Briana Bartley, Nurse Unit Manager at the Emergency Department.
"There are potentially hundreds of pairs of crutches scattered across the community, forgotten and unused," Ms Bartley said.
"The hospital distributes more than 20 to 25 sets of crutches in any week and only a miniscule number of them are ever returned.
"So, if you no longer require your crutches, please return them so they can be used by people who genuinely need them."
People may return the crutches to the Emergency Department at any time.