SOS issued by health equipment charity

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A registered charity that recycles health equipment and sends it all over the world is desperately searching for a new base after having to leave its home near Boroughbridge.

For the last 11 years PhysioNet has been collecting equipment from the NHS and other health providers for re-use in developing countries.

Equipment is checked and listed at the PhysioNet depot near Boroughbridge and then sent in 40-feet containers to destinations around the world, including Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Recently a national Sunday newspaper has reported that piles of redundant NHS equipment are being dumped and has called for action to be taken to stop this waste.

The charity has faced many challenges over its 11 years but it now faces its biggest hurdle because it has to vacate its depot and is on the lookout for somewhere else. Its current home is a barn on a farm where it has free use, but it only has weeks before it is likely that it will have to leave.

PhysioNet Chairman, David Kaye, said: “We are tremendously grateful to our landlords for allowing use free use of a large barn for all these years.

“Without this benefit it is difficult to imagine how we could have carried on.

“The search is now on for an old farm or industrial building with HGV access in the Harrogate, Knaresborough or Boroughbridge area.”.

PhysioNet turns discarded equipment into life-changing gifts for thousands of children and adults around the world - recycling on a grand scale.

There is a danger that this work will have to cease if new premises cannot be found, warned officials.

For more information and to make offers of help please contact David Kaye on 01423 797842 or e-mail: dlk@kaye-estates.co.uk