Days walking stick (Model 404) - handle can crack

(Patterson Medical Ltd) May cause the user to fall. (MDA/2013/055R)

CAS deadlines

Action underway: 7 August 2013, action complete: 21 August 2013

Note: These deadlines are for the affected walking sticks to be removed from use and safely disposed of.


Days walking stick.

Model 404.

Manufactured by Patterson Medical Ltd.

Affected batch codes: HC1207, HC1242 and HC1249.

Identifying the affected walking sticks:

Days walking stick


On specific batches of model 404 walking sticks the handle can crack and may cause the user to fall.

Patterson Medical Ltd issued a Field Safety Notice (180Kb) in June 2013 but has had insufficient confirmation from users that they have acted on this information.


  • Identify and remove all affected batches of walking sticks from use.
  • Safely dispose of all affected walking sticks - contact Patterson Medical Ltd. for advice.
  • Complete and return the reply letter to Patterson Medical Ltd, if not already completed.

Action by

All those involved in the supply and maintenance of these walking sticks.


This MDA has been sent to:  

  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) (headquarters) for information
  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
  • HSC trusts in Northern Ireland (chief executives)
  • Local authorities in Scotland (equipment coordinators)
  • NHS boards and trusts in Wales (chief executives)
  • NHS boards in Scotland (equipment coordinators)
  • NHS England area teams
  • NHS trusts in England (chief executives)
  • Social services in England (directors)

Onward distribution

Please bring this notice to the attention of relevant employees in your establishment. 
Below is a suggested list of recipients.

CAS and SABS (NI) liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • A&E departments
  • Community children’s nurses
  • Community hospitals
  • Community nurses
  • Day surgery units
  • Directors of nursing
  • District nurses
  • EBME departments
  • Equipment libraries and stores
  • Fracture clinics
  • Hospital at home units
  • Maintenance staff
  • Minor injury units
  • NHS walk-in centres
  • Occupational health departments
  • Occupational therapists
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Purchasing managers
  • Rehabilitation engineers
  • School nurses
  • Supplies managers

NHS England area teams
CAS liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • Occupational health departments
  • Practice nurses

Social services
Liaison officers for onward distribution to all relevant staff including:

  • Care at home staff
  • Care management team managers
  • Community care staff
  • Day centres (older people, learning disabilities, mental health, physical disabilities, respite care, autistic services)
  • Disability equipment stores
  • Equipment stores
  • Equipment supplies managers
  • In-house residential care homes
  • Loan store managers
  • Loaned equipment store managers
  • Occupational health departments
  • Occupational therapists

Independent distribution

Establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) (England only) 
This alert should be read by:

  • Adult placement
  • Care homes providing nursing care (adults)
  • Clinics
  • Domiciliary care providers
  • Further education colleges registered as care homes
  • Hospices
  • Hospitals in the independent sector
  • Independent treatment centres
  • Private medical practitioners

Please note: CQC and OFSTED do not distribute these alerts. Independent healthcare providers and social care providers can sign up to receive MDAs directly from the Department of Health’s Central Alerting System (CAS) by sending an email to: and requesting this facility.

Manufacturer contact


Patterson Medical Ltd
Nunn Brook Road
Nottinghamshire NG17 2HU

Tel:    08444 124 330
Fax:   08448 730 100



If you have any comments or feedback on this Medical Device Alert please email us at:


If you are in England, please send enquiries about this notice to the MHRA, quoting reference number MDA/2013/055R or 2013/005/029/601/006.

Technical aspects

Elke Kerwick and Ian Patterson-Waterston
Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Floor 4
151 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SZ
Tel:    020 3080 6826/7261
Fax:   020 8754 3965

Email: or

Clinical aspects

Jonathan Plumb
Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Floor 4
151 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SZ
Tel: 020 3080 6648
Fax: 020 8754 3965


How to report adverse incidents

Please report via our website: Reporting adverse incidents involving medical devices
Further information about CAS can be found on the CAS website

Northern Ireland

Alerts in Northern Ireland will continue to be distributed via the NI SABS system.

Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Northern Ireland should be addressed to:

Northern Ireland Adverse Incident Centre
Health Estates Investment Group
Room 17
Annex 6
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Dundonald BT4 3SQ

Tel: 02890 523 704
Fax: 02890 523 900


How to report adverse incidents in Northern Ireland

Please report directly to NIAIC, further information can be found on the NIAIC website
Further information about SABS can be found on the SABS website


Enquiries and adverse incident reports in Scotland should be addressed to:

Incident Reporting and Investigation Centre

Health Facilities Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh EH12 9EB

Tel: 0131 275 7575
Fax: 0131 314 0722



Enquiries in Wales should be addressed to:

Improving Patient Safety Team
Medical Directorate
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Tel: 029 2082 3922


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