Royal Berkshire Hospital in crutch amnesty

Patients who no longer need their crutches are being asked to return them to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The crutch amnesty is aimed at retrieving some of the 134 sets the hospital loans out every month.

Matron Brenda Morton said: "This is costing us £11 every time they get given out and we don't get any of them returned to us.

"Obviously we are spending an awful lot of money, which is public money, on things that we could be reusing."

People can return their used and unwanted crutches to the hospital's accident and emergency department irrespective of which department loaned them out.

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