Currently there is no system to record equipment out on loan to patients if the value is less than £500!

At this present time equipment such as crutches, chair risers, aids for use in bath or on toilet etc are provided to the patient who has to sign a form confirming that he or she understands the equipment is on loan. However, it is my understanding that if any item of that equipment is valued as under £500 each then, there is no record kept of the whereabouts of that equipment or if has been returned or not. Returns can be brought to the Braddan warehouse but with no records existing the equipment is just dropped off, in fact if the warehouse is shut the equipment is just left in a wooden shed; at Ramsey there is no warehouse but just a wooden shed. The true situation is that, to my knowledge, if any person just wants to roll up and take whatever they want out of these sheds they are free to do so and, obviously, the DHSC will know nothing about it!

I queried this present system and I was told that it was cheaper to buy new than get involved with sterilising used returned equipment.

My suggestion, in this time when DHSC issupposed to be moving towards using technology, the setting up of a simple computerised system to record the items of equipment valued at less that £500 each loaned out and to which patient and record the return of the correct items of equipment from that patient and signatures provided to that patient for peace of mind.

Why the contribution is important

The idea I have suggested may not need the extra cost of employing new staff at Braddan because, in my experience, the existing staff at Braddan warehouse could easily cope with a simple computerised returns system and in my opinion, must save money. The "shed system" at the two other collection points needs tightening up and maybe an assistant at each venue could take on the extra roll? 

by peddyrShennayr on August 04, 2018 at 10:47PM

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  • Posted by Felix August 05, 2018 at 21:49

    My experience as an end user supports this principle. My immediate relatives received aids but when they no longer needed them there was no system in place to bring them back. Sadly they passed on but nobody was interested in collecting their wheel chair or walking sticks/sizzer frame. They are good quality products which have value but not too much interest in recovering them!.
  • Posted by Davina August 06, 2018 at 23:21

    The DHSC has provided equipment and staff time free to visiting relatives/friends who choose to visit the Isle of Man for a holiday or recuperation. This may be a small number, but is this an appropriate use of resources.
  • Posted by notcolc August 07, 2018 at 13:19

    All equipment should be recorded on a data system otherwise if there is a medical alert how can you identify who has equipment that requires recall.
  • Posted by Nicola2IOMGov August 09, 2018 at 09:35

    All loaned equipment should be signed in and out. Wheelchairs, crutches etc. are left in garages when moving house or thrown in skips/tips.

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