More than 100,000 PPE items offered by local businesses to support frontline workers
By Sarah Wood | 27th April 2020
An appeal for businesses in Gloucestershire to offer up their stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has generated 105,900 extra items of equipment in just a few days.
The appeal for extra PPE supplies to help NHS and social care staff delivering care to some of the most vulnerable people in the county was shared with local businesses by GFirst LEP earlier this week.
More than 80 companies responded to the appeal, some of which offered their stocks to purchase while others made them available free of charge.
As a result, the county now has the following additional PPE equipment available to support frontline workers:
- 30,200 face masks
- 58,000 gloves
- 16,000 disposable plastic aprons
- 50 full cover disposable suits
- 150 waterproof gowns
- 1500 visors
In addition to the items above, well over half a million items of PPE have now been received via the national supply route, including a drop of more than 82,500 items received earlier this week.
The county council has also received a donation of 300,000 items of PPE from Superdry.
Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health and Chair of Gloucestershire's Strategic Coordinating Group said: "This is an amazing response and I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who contacted us to offer up their PPE supplies. This extra equipment is vital to preventing the spread of Covid-19 and keeping our frontline workers and the people they are caring for safe.
"It's fantastic to see local businesses playing their part to support the local community during these unprecedented times. If you have PPE and can help, please provide details of the items you have, including quantities and how quickly they could be made available to Covid19transporthub@glosfire.gov.uk "
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