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Crutch shortage at Furness General Hospital[E]mergency Department (ED) staff are calling on the good people of Barrow to help deal with a current shortage of crutches at Furness General Hospital (FGH).

Due to an increase in the number of people attending ED in recent months with injuries requiring crutches, staff have been left with a shortage so are urging people who have finished with their crutches to return them to FGH.

Foluke Ajayi, Chief Operating Officer, UHMBT, said: “Over recent weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of people turning up at the ED with injuries that require crutches.

“What people perhaps don’t realise is that once they have recovered and no longer need crutches, they should return them to the ED so that they can be appropriately cleaned and used to help other patients who need them.

“It’s also really important that people realise that, by returning their crutches this means that money can be saved for spending on other vital equipment and services around FGH.

“With that in mind, if anyone has crutches from FGH’s ED that they no longer use, we would really appreciate it if they could return them to either the ED reception desk or the plaster room at FGH as soon as possible.”

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