"Usually people just forget to return it, have put it aside, or put it off for so long they are embarrassed to bring it back," said Occupational Therapy Professional Leader Magbh McIntyre.
The top five items that are not returned are crutches, shower stools, over toilet frames, bathboards and raised toilet seats.
"Having this equipment back means that we can help other patients recover," said Magbh.
"A new wheelchair costs around $500 – money we would rather spend on new equipment for our patients than replacing stock we already have."
Hutt Valley District Health Board’s equipment amnesty is to raise awareness of the need to return loaned equipment, especially during the winter months when there is a high demand for hospital services.
“We welcome hospital equipment back at any time, no matter how overdue,” said Magbh. “If you have borrowed hospital equipment past its return date but still need it, just give the service a ring on (04) 570 9427 to discuss options for your long term needs.”
Equipment can be returned to:
Hutt Hospital Equipment Store
- Gate 4, Pilmuir Street, Lower Hutt. Follow the yellow signs to the store. Monday - Friday, 8am - 4.30pm; or Saturday 26 August 9am - 2pm
Other local drop-off points during August:
- Upper Hutt Physio Clinic, entrance off 10 Criterion Lane, Level 1 (above Lagans Pharmacy) Monday - Thursday 8am - 4pm (except between 12-1pm), Friday 8am - 11.30am
- Whai Oranga o Te Iwi Health Centre, 7 The Strand, Wainuiomata Thursday 10 August, 12.30pm - 3.30pm
- Smaller items can be returned to Hutt Hospital Emergency Department
If you would like to return items but don't have transport - just call 04 5709427 for pick up..