WHEELIE walkers have been rolling into Wodonga Hospital after an amnesty was offered for their return, but all except one have been donations.
The hospital received 16 walkers this week after The Border Mail ran an article in last Saturday’s paper highlighting the hospital’s critical shortage because patients were not returning the aids.
However, just one of the walkers was from the fleet patients have borrowed, meaning there are still 29 walkers that have not been returned.
“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of donations,” Albury Wodonga Health physiotherapist Mikaeli Weddall said.
“The Yackandandah Bush Nursing Hospital and Albury Legacy both donated four walkers.
“We also had a number of members of the general public who turned up with a donation.”
But Mrs Weddall said they could never have too many walkers.
The hospital walkers are identified by a purple sticker that says “physiotherapy equipment” and a silver reflective “hospital equipment” sticker.
The “no questions asked” policy on the return of walkers will run until the end of the month.
The walkers can be dropped at the Wodonga CRC building at Wodonga Hospital between 8.30am and 5pm or taken to Wodonga Hospital’s main reception on weekends.
In genuine hardship, a pick-up can be arranged on (02) 6051 7400.