Residents across Birmingham, who use independent living equipment provided by Medequip, are being asked to be vigilant following two suspicious incidents.
Medequip provide assisted living equipment – such as hoists, bath seats, commodes – in people’s homes free of charge on behalf of Birmingham City Council and the NHS.
Two incidents have been reported in the Hall Green area. On Monday 12th October, a man claiming to be from Medequip visited the home of an elderly woman.
The man, wearing blue clothing similar to a Medequip uniform, told the lady that there was to be a charge for her equipment and them at he needed her bank details to set up a standing order.
Fortunately, a neighbour intervened and the man left.
Please be aware:
- The equipment loaned to residents on behalf of BCC / NHS through Medequip is free of charge. This has not altered and you should not give your bank details or cash to anyone claiming otherwise.
- Medequip staff wear a uniform with logo and drive fully liveried vans (see image)
- Never let anyone in your home if you are unsure. Call the organisation they claim to be from if in doubt. Medequip can be contacted on 0845 340 4430
- If you are suspicious of the intentions of a caller or an interaction you have had, don’t hesitate to call West Midlands Police on 101
- Please share this information with family, friends or neighbours who may have equipment from Medequip