Swindon AdvertiserAppeal for return of missing wheelchairs (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Appeal for return of missing wheelchairs

Swindon Advertiser: Brendon Leighton (warehouse and logistics supervisor) and Barrie Parsons (decontamination and quality control team leader) appeal for the return of equipment Brendon Leighton (warehouse and logistics supervisor) and Barrie Parsons (decontamination and quality control team leader) appeal for the return of equipment

AS the annual big Spring clean approaches, SEQOL is urging patients to return medical equipment borrowed from the social enterprise over the past year so others recovering from an injury or living with disabilities will benefit.

SEQOL Community Equipment Services is challenging residents to return any pieces of equipment they no longer use or need by March 20, the first day of Spring.

Every year the organisation delivers around 19,500 appliances including hoists, bath lifts, electric riser recliner armchairs, mattresses and wheelchairs to between 7,500 and 9,000 service users.

This year 14,500 pieces of equipment have been returned so far, and although many are still being used by patients, hundreds are believed to have been forgotten about when they could benefit other residents across Swindon.

Simon Billingham, who manages SEQOL’s community equipment services and the wheelchair and special seating service, said: “When people have had an episode of care in hospital, or need support to remain independent, they may need equipment such as toilet aids or perching stools or crutches.

“When that equipment is no longer being used, we understand that it’s very easy for it to be put away and forgotten. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that SEQOL can put much of the equipment through our stringent quality control process and re-issue it to other people who now need it.”

He added: “But we know that some people forget to bring them back, while others perhaps aren’t aware that they need to be returned.

“So we are appealing to the people of Swindon to help us replenish our stocks to make sure that we can continue to provide equipment for those who really need it at the lowest cost possible.”

SEQOL Community Equipment Service’s items are all labelled, and can be returned to SEQOL Community Equipment Service, Enterprise Works, Gypsy Lane, Swindon SN2 8DT between 9am and 3.30pm from Monday to Friday.

People can drop the equipment off without giving their names if they choose, but those who do give their names can have them cleared from the records. There is no fee or fine payable on return of the equipment.

People who are unable to return any items themselves can call 01793 464777 to arrange collection or 03033 331460 to arrange for pick-up of wheelchairs.

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8:35am Fri 7 Mar 14

stfcdod says...

Simon Billingham, who claims to manage the equipment, doesn't seem to be doing a very good job. I'm sorry to criticise him personally but someone needs to take responsibility here.
Why don't you look at your records to see who has the equipment and call round to retrieve it?
Records? What records?
Oh, now I understand.
Simon Billingham, who claims to manage the equipment, doesn't seem to be doing a very good job. I'm sorry to criticise him personally but someone needs to take responsibility here. Why don't you look at your records to see who has the equipment and call round to retrieve it? Records? What records? Oh, now I understand. stfcdod
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11:07am Fri 7 Mar 14

peter moor says...

there's one lying about under the stairs in pound close flats if your short.
there's one lying about under the stairs in pound close flats if your short. peter moor
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11:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

Oik1 says...

"Why don't you look at your records to see who has the equipment and call round to retrieve it?"

Oh, and while your slinging mud, answer this, if the equipment was still in use by a disabled person just how would he know that, given that he would not have access to patient records?
The staff at SEQOL do an exellent job supplying equipment in a prompt and helpfull manner which is appreciated by many who need to use the service, people are asked to contact them when finished with kit at the point of delivery, a timely reminder now and again does no harm to return unused equipment.
"Why don't you look at your records to see who has the equipment and call round to retrieve it?" Oh, and while your slinging mud, answer this, if the equipment was still in use by a disabled person just how would he know that, given that he would not have access to patient records? The staff at SEQOL do an exellent job supplying equipment in a prompt and helpfull manner which is appreciated by many who need to use the service, people are asked to contact them when finished with kit at the point of delivery, a timely reminder now and again does no harm to return unused equipment. Oik1
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12:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

swindondad says...

SEQOL are great had providing / delivering much needed equipment to the people who need it but not so good when you ring / message them to collect it. I ended up having to take an afternoon of work to return some for a disabled friend (he does not have a car).
SEQOL are great had providing / delivering much needed equipment to the people who need it but not so good when you ring / message them to collect it. I ended up having to take an afternoon of work to return some for a disabled friend (he does not have a car). swindondad
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2:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

swindondad wrote:
SEQOL are great had providing / delivering much needed equipment to the people who need it but not so good when you ring / message them to collect it. I ended up having to take an afternoon of work to return some for a disabled friend (he does not have a car).
If an organisation has helped a person out by providing essential equipment (presumably for free?), I really don't think it's too much to ask for it to simply be returned once finished with, is it?

It's actually quite disgraceful that people who know full well what the value and use of this equipment is just put it in their cupboard or garage once THEY'VE no longer got a use for it, thus depriving others who are now in the situation they once were.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: SEQOL are great had providing / delivering much needed equipment to the people who need it but not so good when you ring / message them to collect it. I ended up having to take an afternoon of work to return some for a disabled friend (he does not have a car).[/p][/quote]If an organisation has helped a person out by providing essential equipment (presumably for free?), I really don't think it's too much to ask for it to simply be returned once finished with, is it? It's actually quite disgraceful that people who know full well what the value and use of this equipment is just put it in their cupboard or garage once THEY'VE no longer got a use for it, thus depriving others who are now in the situation they once were. ChannelX
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