THE HSE is asking people throughout Laois and Offaly to return medical appliances and aids which they no longer need or use for recycling by the HSE.
Medical equipment including wheelchairs, orthopaedic chairs, profiling beds, hoists, riser recliners, walking frames, bathing equipment, toileting equipment, commodes, air mattresses and nebulisers can all be dropped off at the Occupational Therapy Store in Mountmellick.
Once there, they are cleaned, serviced and if necessary repaired to ensure they are in the excellent working condition before being reissued.
The Occupational Therapy Store was established in 2004 with the purpose of collecting, cleaning, tracking, servicing, and delivering equipment, that had been previously used by clients.
The service is allowing the Occupational Therapy Service, Public Health Nursing Service and Physiotherapy Service greater access to equipment for their clients.
The service is unique in that it can be directly accessed by delegated local Health Care staff preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and streamlining the discharge process.
If, for any reason, you are unable to drop off equipment on the specified date, you can contact the Occupational therapy Store, Mountmellick, Co Laois 057 86 44442.
The Occupational Therapy Store is based on the MDA Business Park, Irishtown, Mountmellick. Items can be dropped off on Saturday, July 23 between 10am and 4pm.