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King's Lynn hospital bosses plead for return of medical equipment


By Lynn News Reporter


Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital has appealed for dozens of items of borrowed equipment to be returned.

Officials say the trust is missing 40 small syringe drivers which would have been given to end of life care patients when they were discharged.

Bosses at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital are appealing for the return of syringe drivers like this one (6315602)
Bosses at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital are appealing for the return of syringe drivers like this one (6315602)

The equipment is used to administer drugs once oral method is not an option and the trust hopes the appeal will fully restock the trust’s equipment store.

The hospital’s acting chief executive, Dr Nick Lyons, said: “These syringe drivers are vitally important to the trust in terms of the care we are able to offer to patients receiving palliative care.

“They enable end of life patients the freedom to choose their preferred place of care.

“We fully understand and appreciate recently bereaved families will have much on their minds at such a difficult time, but we would urge anyone who knows the whereabouts of a syringe driver belonging to our trust to try and return it as soon as possible.”

They fear a shortage of the devices could limit treatment options for patients and delay discharge from hospital. Some of the devices are also due to be serviced to ensure the correct dosage is given.

The equipment can be returned to the hospital’s Medical Equipment Library via the Main Reception.

Anybody who would like to speak to a staff member about the syringe drivers should call the library on 01553 214925.



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