Laboratory supplies, including personal protective equipment, has been donated from Keele University to frontline NHS staff.
The coronavirus outbreak has seen shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across all parts of the healthcare sector, for workers to protect themselves when treating infected patients.
Following an initial suggestion to donate PPE from the School of Medicine by Dr Giles Roberts, a clinical teaching fellow at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, the idea was further supported by Professor Paul Horrocks and Dr Helen Price, along with colleagues in Schools across the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Medicine and Health Sciences.
Stocks of PPE from Keele’s laboratories have now been made available, not only to the Royal Stoke Hospital but also GPs across North Staffordshire.
Over 1000 assorted masks (including some FFP3 to Stoke Royal), 3200 aprons, 465 boxes of gloves and other assorted PPE delivered to 17 GP practices. Thanks to @KeeleUniversity donations from @KeeleMedSchool and @KeeleLifeSci and too many amazing colleagues to mention pic.twitter.com/KLJvfoiesL— Paul Horrocks (@PDHorrocks) March 25, 2020
The first donations were made this week, with a range of PPE including gloves, aprons, visors and masks being given to 17 GP practices from Blythe Bridge to Kidsgrove - many of which provide clinical placement activities for Keele Medical School students.
Professor Horrocks said: “Clearly the first call for this PPE is our colleagues in the frontline of the NHS response to Covid-19.
"However, we hope that as provision of this PPE increases to the NHS that the stocks held at Keele University may then be donated to those working in the charitable sector who are providing care as well as schools providing emergency childcare cover.
"It has been really affirming to have had colleagues across the University respond so rapidly and generously to this call.”
Stocks of PPE are also being donated by Keele's Geography, Geology and Environmental departments.
We don't keep a great deal of stock in, but as our labs are closed for the foreseeable, this little cache will hopefully be making its way to those with a more pressing need this morning. @KeeleGGE pic.twitter.com/R5DOe4ICVb— Adam Jeffery (@Agpaitic_Adam) March 25, 2020