Case Number 3591
Request Date 16/04/2014
Completion Date 03/06/2014

 

Details of the Request

  1. How many crutches, walking frames and walking sticks were purchased by your trust in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 (please can you break this down by equipment type e.g “27,000 walking frames”)
     
  2. What was the total spend in the above years on a) crutches b) walking frames c) walking sticks.
     
  3. Do you know how many have been given to patients and have not been returned? If so, please can you provide the figure for each of the above years.
     
  4. Are there ever health and safety reasons which prevent crutches, walking frames and walking sticks being re-used if they are in good working condition?
     
  5. If the answer to the above is ‘yes’ what happens to this equipment?
     
  6. Do you know the estimated cost to the NHS of lost/stolen crutches, walking frames, walking sticks in the above years?

 

Details of the Response

1) How many crutches, walking frames and walking sticks were purchased by your trust in 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 (please can you break this down by equipment type e.g. “27,000 walking frames”)

See below.

 

2) What was the total spend in the above years on a) crutches b) walking frames c) walking sticks.

Year Product Quantity Total Cost (inc VAT)
2010 Crutches 1040 10850.4
2011 Crutches 1020 11496
2012 Crutches 1200 10800
2013 Crutches 1400 12775.1

 

3) Do you know how many have been given to patients and have not been returned? If so, please can you provide the figure for each of the above years.

The Trust does not hold this information.

 

4) Are there ever health and safety reasons which prevent crutches, walking frames and walkingsticks being re-used if they are in good working condition?

The Trust does not hold this information.

 

5) If the answer to the above is ‘yes’ what happens to this equipment?

N/A

 

6) Do you know the estimated cost to the NHS of lost/stolen crutches, walking frames, walking sticks in the above years?

The Trust does not hold this data.