Local businesses are being asked to donate surplus Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health and care workers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The call comes as supply chains adjust to an increased demand in response to COVID-19, and while most hospitals and primary care facilities do have an adequate supply there is a growing need from other patient-related services.
The PPE equipment needed includes disposable gloves, gowns, and safety goggles which are vital to the safe treatment of people who may have COVID-19.
Donations large or small are welcomed from right across the community. Julia Ross, CEO at NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“There is a national supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) coming through, and we are working hard to get it flowing into every setting within our local health and care system.
“However, working in partnership with Regional Mayor Tim Bowles and the West of England Combined Authority, we have also reached out to businesses and universities in the region to ensure that we have additional resources available should we need them.
“In these unprecedented times we want to leave no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of our frontline staff in the months ahead, and as such are grateful to be able to draw on the generous support and community spirit of our region’s business community .”
Regional Mayor Tim Bowles said:
“When our local NHS asked for my help, of course I said we would do whatever we can to help our frontline staff because we all have a role to play in the battle against Covid-19. I’ve been amazed and humbled by the generosity from businesses large and small who have stepped forward in our region’s hour of need. So if your business is able to help, please do get in touch.”
If you are able to help, or know someone in a local business which might have surplus stock to donate, please contact email@example.com