About the service
Barnsley integrated community equipment service offers a range of loan equipment to support the care needs and promote the independence of service users living in Barnsley.
We have a range of equipment for both adults and children to support service users and their carers with items ranging from:
- bathing and toileting needs
- pressure care mattresses
- community nursing beds
- handling and lifting equipment etc.
Requests for equipment are generally made by a healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist, occupational
therapist or doctor (although for some smaller items self-referral is possible). The equipment is loaned for a period of time that the referrer (health professional) recommends.
Our services include:
- The delivery and installation of equipment
- Maintenance of equipment in line with manufacturer’s guidelines and legal requirements (please note: for some service users this may require our team to contact referrers to help facilitate the home visit that is needed to undertake the maintenance and repair of equipment)
- Collection service for equipment no longer required
- In-depth cleaning of returned equipment through our specialist decontamination unit (before the item is reissued)
- Repair and refurbishment of equipment where viable
Why would someone choose the service?
- To help maintain their independence whilst living at home.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- A care navigator provides advice and support to individuals their families or carers during their care. They often make home visits and support hospital discharges. Care navigators can also signpost and refer individuals to the appropriate services or help arrange care based on the individual’s needs.
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Domestic staff have a vital role in helping to care for patients. They work in one of three key areas; catering, cleaning or laundry services. All of these services play an important part in aiding an individual’s recovery.
- Housekeepers help nurses run hospital wards. They are a member of a ward team and support the delivery of clinical care by ensuring the ward is a clean, safe and attractive place which is conducive to patient care.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.