19/05/2020 | Press releases

A message about donating items of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Thank you so much to everyone in our communities who has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and other donations to our hospitals during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and community spirit.

Our teams are working hard to keep all our patients and staff safe and we have been able to keep a steady supply of PPE into our Trust. We need to make sure that every piece of PPE used by our staff meets strict safety guidelines and, for that reason, we need to work with suppliers who can guarantee NHS standards of safety.

We are not currently asking for any PPE or scrubs donations. We do not require donations of:

  • Scrubs
  • Visors
  • Gowns
  • Face masks
  • Goggles
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Coveralls
  • Bags for scrubs
  • Any other PPE

We also don’t need fundraising donations for PPE. If people would like to fundraise to support us during the pandemic, we ask that donations are made to our COVID-19 Staff Wellbeing Appeal which is supporting our staff’s mental and physical wellbeing. More details about the appeal can be found here.

 

Please rest assured that we continue to follow all national Public Health England (PHE) guidance on how and when PPE should be worn. Our teams monitor PPE levels daily to make sure we are aware of any potential shortages and can address them using the NHS supply chain.

Staff who have queries or concerns about PPE are encouraged to talk to their line manager, the PPE champion working in their area or the Trust’s Freedom to Speak Up guardian.

 

Thank you to everyone for efforts to keep our communities safe.

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