‘Bring your old commodes to health day!’

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AN NHS community equipment amnesty is taking place in Hunmanby today as part of the village’s Health Day.

The idea behind the amnesty is that local residents can bring along items that have been loaned out by the NHS but have not been collected.

Portable items such as commodes and walking aids can be brought to the community centre in Stonegate between 1pm and 4pm and event organiser Nick Harvey will take them back to the NHS and county council community equipment store. If people have larger items, or are unable to transport equipment, they can call in and arrange to have it collected.

Cllr Harvey said Hunmanby Surgery would also be setting up a patient participation group to improve communication between the surgery and its patients and to ensure the services on offer truly meet the needs of all patients.

“The local surgery is also keen to raise funds for a defibrillator machine in Hunmanby, and have trained first responders. A similar scheme has been set up in Flamborough,” he added.

The event will also include bicycle marking by the police, the fire service promoting fire safety in the home and free fitting of fire alarms for the vulnerable, quit-smoking staff in attendance, and a total of 22 stalls providing information about local services and organisations.

Residents are also being urged to add their names to a local blood donor register. If 100 names can be collected, a blood donor session will take place in the village in July.

There will be simultaneous displays in the library, which is staying open for the duration of the event.