The community bladder and bowel service in Suffolk is calling on people and care staff to return unopened continence products and save the NHS thousands of pounds a year.
In Suffolk, the NHS provides continence products to eligible patients at a cost of £2 million a year. Often these products, such as pads, remain unused because they are no longer needed, but they need not be discarded. Unopened packets or boxes can be returned through a free collection service, saving an average of £2,000 per month, resources that can be reinvested into this vital service.
The Suffolk Bladder and Bowel service is provided by the Suffolk GP Federation as part of the East and West health and social care alliances. The team of nurses and generic workers assess and care for people of all ages with short and long-term continence problems, helping them manage and where possible improve their condition.
To arrange collection of unopened products call the Care Co-ordination Centre on 0300 123 2425.