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Questions Asked

Prescription Drugs

Question if I’ve been prescribed medication and I don’t use all the tablets can I return them to the pharmacy or should I throw them away?   JD

   To get rid of them please return them to your Pharmacy / Chemist and they will dispose of them.

Please don’t throw them down the toilet or sink or they will reach the waterways.

Please don’t throw them away in the rubbish, or they will eventually reach the water and as you can see, in both ways you may affect peoples’ health.

Please don’t re-order your tablets so that they are going to be stocked up.  If you do they may go out of date. If they do go out of date they should not be used. They will not contain the correct dose that your doctor wants you to have.

Please don’t give your prescription drugs to anyone else as it could cause serious problems with their health.

Professor Steve Field, the leader of Britain’s family doctors, urged those who share medicines to stop before someone died as a result. “The sharing of drugs in this way is very dangerous because neither the patient who was first prescribed the medication nor the person now taking them will understand the drug or its side effects, or its possible interaction with other drugs you may be taking, those taking them are putting themselves at risk of harm or even death.”

Secure Scooter Storage

There must be someone out there who makes secure scooter sheds, either single or double, or multi storage?

Have done a search and the following are a possibility.

Securit Range, click here and go to the link.


Check the information on the website

For more information call 01246 452885

or use the contact page to ask for your FREE information pack.




asgardshelterAsgard Security Storage for Life, click here and go to the link

Check the information on the website

Tel:08456 580 730

Accessible Toilets

Who is an Accessible Toilet for?

No not just a wheelchair user.  It could be for someone who has difficulty walking, standing or sitting, people who require the use of access to water after using the toilet. It could be for the hearing impaired, those with visual impairment, learning difficulties or those with mental health problems.

radar keyA Radar Key may be bought for a small charge from your local council.

Take with you proof of disability and your home address. Proof of disability may include one of the following:

  • DLA (Disability living allowance)
  • Doctor’s letter
  • Attendance allowance letter
  • Blue badge plus bill e.g. Council tax or electricity

What should you look for when making sure that a toilet for the Disabled is accessible?

Access should be level, with no rims or steps to trip over.

If a door opens outwards it is important to put a D Bar on the inside of the door, near the handle, along the width of the door to enable a the user to pull the door closed.

Floor surfaces need to be non-slip

There should be an emergency pull cord for assistance

If the door opens inwards, make sure that there is room for a wheelchair user to turn around to shut the door. In fact make sure that there is room for a personal assistant to support the person who is using the toilet.  There could be a Dog for the Disabled or a Guide Dog for the blind.  Can they work within the area provided?

Make sure that the toilet seat is high or low enough by providing an elevated seat that can hang off the wall when not in use. Use contrasting colours so that the seat can be easily identified.

Provide grab rails on either side of the toilet to give a secure grip so that the person can sit or stand easily, make sure that they fold away behind the toilet when not in use, to enable people who need to transfer from a wheelchair. Make sure there is a contrast in the colour of the walls to the grab rails.

Make sure that the handle to pull the flush is on the same side of access, that it is easy to use for those with limited hand movements (eg a spatula handle)

Keep Rubbish bins and sanitary bins away from the toilet so that a wheelchair user can back up to the toilet to transfer across.  Make sure that there is a clinical waste bin, so that larger items, than sanitary ware can be disposed of.

Make sure that there is a full length mirror so that walking disabled and wheelchair users can view themselves easily to ensure they are tidy before leaving the toilet.

Make the sink, soap dispenser and hand drying accessible from the toilet, making sure that they do not interfere with any grab rails which assist the person in standing.

The sink should be fitted with lever handles to enable easy opening and closing.

Any equipment edges should be rounded

Lighting should not be on a timer.

Health Watch UK

This is being set up in 2011 to replace the LINk (Local Involvement Networks) organisations that replaced the Patient and Public Involvement Forums.

Local Stroke Survivors

Local group to keep you updated on how Hull and East Riding  Stroke Service is performing.  Links page available