Started by: momac (12047) 

After my husband passed away ( not from the Covid)I was left with a bag full of dressings,still in their wrappings,the district nurses wouldn't take them back,ive rung animal rescue places ..vets,you name it but nobody wants them,doesn't it seem a waste of money..has anyone any other ideas...
I would hate to just throw them away...ta.

Started: 11th Feb 2021 at 09:26
Last edited by momac: 11th Feb 2021 at 09:27:38

Posted by: Anne (4192) 

I had a similar problem, left over unused wrapped dressings no one would take. I eventually gave them to the chap who cuts my grass to use when needed. Maybe anyone who does jobs for you would do the same.

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 09:39

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Thank you Anne,I will ask the next person who calls,even the postman.

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 09:44

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

It's clear, the N.H.S. have more money than sense!

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 17:19

Posted by: PeterP (9506)

If taken to the chemist they then send them to be destroyed,Same with medication

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 17:27

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Peter,I'd hate to see them destroyed,I'll just keep asking to see if anybody who wants them.

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 17:42

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

Why don't you give them to St.John's Ambulance Brigade? There's one in Wigan, near to where George Formby used to live. And there's one in St.Helens.

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 18:40

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Tonks,I'll give them a ring tomorrow,I've no transport now..thank you.

Replied: 11th Feb 2021 at 19:22

Posted by: Domin0 (346)

Have you not tried the charity shops, this must cost the NHS millions, after an hip replacement they refused to take my two crutches back.

Replied: 13th Feb 2021 at 17:38

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Domino,I've tried charity shops,St Johns Ambulance brigade,vets ..animal rescue and Schools,and others but nobody wants them,it's such a waste.

Replied: 13th Feb 2021 at 18:05

Posted by: berylh (2140)

I think the reason that non of the health establishments won't take them is similar to the reason drugs cannot be handedover for re use. Nothing is tamperproof and there cannot be a 100% guarantee of storeage, sterility and safety I think it is called vicarious liability . It iis not a reflection on the person offering to donate them but is down to safety.

Replied: 13th Feb 2021 at 19:41

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Beryl,they're all still in the sterile packing they were brought in,I just can't bring myself to put them in the bin,it seems a sin.

Replied: 13th Feb 2021 at 20:37
Last edited by momac: 14th Feb 2021 at 08:44:44

Posted by: berylh (2140)

I know momac, but unfortunately that is the way it tends to go. It might be worth trying some of the volunteers for overseas health care or even maybe St Johns Ambulance if you haven't already done so - they are independant. I so hope you manage to get rid of them because I agree it would be such a shame for them to go to waste.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 18:57

Posted by: momac (12047) 

I've tried all the options Beryl,as I stated above St Johns Ambulance as well,nobody but nobody wants them.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 19:02

Posted by: PeterP (9506)

Momac it looks like you will have to bin them /take to local chemist who will dispose of them

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 20:18

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Peter,I might as well just put them in my own bin,although I'm loathe to do it..I can't believe that nobody wants them,it's just a waste of money.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 20:30

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

If it's any use to you, I'll collect them and put them in t'First Aid Cupboard, at t'garage.
I can assure you, they'll come in handy, as dressings are often used on cut or scraped hands / knuckles etc., . They wouldn't go to waste.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 22:15

Posted by: momac (12047) 

That would be brilliant Tonks..Ill give you my address on WR PM.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 22:56

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Tonks I can't get my message on you go on WIgan Peers.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 23:01

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Tonks I've a better idea..ask Ron Hunt on WW for my address..I'll email him tomorrow.

Replied: 15th Feb 2021 at 23:29

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

My mate, Ticsmon, goes on Wigan Peers.

Another way would be to sendme an e-mail on

Replied: 16th Feb 2021 at 00:12

Posted by: Heatons68 (81)

My doctor changed my medication and as i still had an unopened months supply of the old capsules i took them to the chemist when i went to pick up my new ones , the chemist told me he couldn't accept anything back over the counter and i should keep them at home till things were back to normal

Replied: 16th Feb 2021 at 13:01

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Heatons68..aren't things in a mess with this horrible Covid.

Replied: 16th Feb 2021 at 14:19

Posted by: Heatons68 (81)

Momac , they certainly are things you take for granted
you find you can no longer do , and there's something new you find out nearly every day

Replied: 16th Feb 2021 at 15:49
Last edited by Heatons68: 16th Feb 2021 at 15:51:39

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Tonks did you not get my email???

Replied: 17th Feb 2021 at 15:41

Posted by: tonker (25569) 

Yes. I've been busy but, don't worry, I'm going to send you an e-mail back. I have to go to Blackpool before weekend and I aim to pick them up on the way back!

Replied: 17th Feb 2021 at 17:35

Posted by: momac (12047) 


Replied: 17th Feb 2021 at 17:37

Posted by: PeterP (9506)

Momac glad you do not need to throw them away

Replied: 17th Feb 2021 at 17:59

Posted by: momac (12047) 

Thank you Peter,I couldn't throw them away,it just seemed a sin to discard stuff that must have cost a fortune...I'm so glad that they'll be of use to someone.

Replied: 17th Feb 2021 at 19:36


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