Appeal to return unused community medical equipment

NRS Healthcare, which loans items of community medical equipment via Portsmouth City Council and the NHS, is asking people to help their neighbours by checking their homes for any equipment they have that is no longer needed.

Items loaned by NRS include:

  • Walking sticks
  • Crutches
  • Chair raisers
  • Commodes
  • Trolleys

You will be able to identify items loaned by NRS as they will be stickered with a barcode.

Returned equipment will help support others to remain independent in their own home and can also help free up hospital beds for people waiting to go home.

All equipment returned will be assessed and safety-tested before being refurbished, repaired, reused or recycled.

If you, a friend, relative, or carer has equipment supplied by the council via NRS Healthcare, you can arrange a free collection by calling 0333 240 8334 on weekdays from 9am to 5pm or emailing