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Carers UK Forum • Bedpads, Disposal.
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Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:04 am
by Albert_1604
My wife uses a 90x60 cm bed pad each night.
I dispose of them in the black bin.

Is this the best way?

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:11 am
by susieq
Albert_1604 wrote:My wife uses a 90x60 cm bed pad each night.
I dispose of them in the black bin.

Is this the best way?
According to my LA it's the only way ! Although if you generate large quantities of medical waste (dressings, continence pads,syringes etc) you might be eligible for a second 'general' waste wheelie bin.

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:31 am
by Albert_1604
Thanks.
Maybe with the increasing aging population it's time for a
medical disposal bin to be installed at every site where
one can dispose of bottles.

But then, I suppose, it would all go to landfill again anyway.

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:37 am
by Melly1
Before S was continent during the night I had to put his pull ups and bed pads in the household waste. When I had syringes after my operations, I had a sharps box ... there was some "argy bargy," over who would dispose of the box. I can't remember now who did. Probably the pharmacy.

Melly1

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:39 am
by Greta
This counts as medical waste. The carers put it in the black bag, but first of all into a small white bin liner bag (not sure what difference that would make - probably that the carers could go on handling it hygienically even after they took their gloves off). The council website explains that medical waste goes into the black bag here. There is also clinical waste, but I'm not sure what counts as that. It goes into a yellow bag and is collected specially. Finally, as Melly says, syringes, needles and so on go into a yellow sharps bin, which stays in the room. I think ours was eventually collected by a special service but it took a while to find out which.
I expect, like here, that there will be a council website explaining every detail of waste collection.

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:32 pm
by Albert_1604
Thanks for all that.
Yes, bed pads which contain bodily fluids are collected in yellow bags
provided by NHS in my LA area. One has to phone council to collect as
it's not done automatically like black/green bins etc.

Re: Bedpads, Disposal.

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:22 pm
by Irene_1509
Falkirk council have a new scheme where nappies and incontinence products are collected every two weeks. They supply us with large white bags and the arrangements is that two of these are collected from my back garden. Obviously you can't keep this kind of waste in the house and I have to keep them in my shed until it is time for collection. When they decided last autumn to chamge our black bin collection to once a month everyone was up in arms about nappy waste etc and they then agreed that they would be given a separate uplift, but incontinence products were not included and I had to get my councillor to look into it for me. They pretty soon back pedalled and sent out a fresh notice that all human waste products would be uplifted. Our carers put their blue gloves, aprons, wipes etc all into these bags and it seems to be working so far.