Tees Community Equipment Service (TCES) loans out equipment and medical aids to assist people with daily living. This helps older and disabled people to live more independently and for longer in their own homes, which helps to improve their quality of life.
Individuals are assessed by health and social care professionals to determine their needs. The service also works with the area’s hospitals to prevent admission to hospital, and, where someone has been admitted to hospital, to support a prompt discharge.
TCES relies on equipment being returned after use so it can be reused or recycled, helping to extend the service and keep costs down. Users are now being encouraged to return as many unneeded items as possible, as part of a 6 week long equipment amnesty, so TCES can continue to provide and improve the support they offer to those in need.
Any equipment on loan from the NHS or social care which is no longer used or needed should be returned to TCES as soon as possible.
Examples of equipment include:
- walking frames or sticks
- bath lifts
The TCES equipment amnesty will run throughout October and November. Residents can return items which will then be assessed and safety tested before either being cleaned, repaired and re-used, or stripped down to be recycled.
Equipment can be returned to the Tees Community Equipment Store at: Unit 3, Raleigh Court, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, TS2 1RR, from 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Free collection is available for equipment that can't be dropped off – call the TCES freephone number 0800 328 7980 to arrange a collection. Please quote 'equipment amnesty' when you contact TCES.
Please note that TCES can't collect wheelchairs.
If you're unsure whether the equipment belongs to TCES, please call 01642 224205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.