Frontline care workers at Solihull Council given welcome boost of PPE supplies - The Solihull Observer

Frontline care workers at Solihull Council given welcome boost of PPE supplies

Solihull Editorial 30th Mar, 2020 Updated: 30th Mar, 2020   0

SOLIHULL Council has today thanked Solihull College via Twitter for donating a supply of protective kit to tackle coronavirus for frontline social care workers.

Nationally across the UK medical professionals have expressed concern about the widespread lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitiser.

This morning Solihull Council issued the following tweet:

“We would like to start this Monday off by saying a HUGE thank you to @SolihullCollege for kindly donating supplies of #PPE so that our frontline care workers can continue to provide care safely #gloves #aprons #workingtogether #StayHomeSaveLives.”

The college’s Health & Social Care, Hair & Beauty and Science departments made arrangements today for estates staff to deliver several bags of gloves, aprons, anti bacterial wipes and hand sanitisers to the council-run Better Living Centre in Solihull, which works to provide help and support to elderly adults and young disabled adults.

John Callaghan, Principal of Solihull College & University Centre, said “We are very grateful to the frontline health and social care staff who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and to care for the most vulnerable in society.

“When we contacted the council they were very grateful for our offer and we were only too happy to play our part in supporting our local community. We will replenish the items at college in time for the new academic year so our staff and students will have the correct PPE when they start their courses with us.”

Yesterday Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said 170 million masks, 42.8 million gloves, 13.7 million aprons, 182,000 gowns, 2.3 million pairs of eye protectors and nearly 10 million items of cleaning equipment were being delivered to 58,000 NHS Trusts and healthcare facilities.

A national response team is being set up to deliver millions of face masks, gloves and gowns to frontline NHS staff including hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, and pharmacies, supported by the armed forces and other emergency services.

The death of Britain’s first senior doctors has intensified the calls for action. Ear, nose and throat surgeon Amged El-Hawrani, 55, who worked on the frontline at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, died on Saturday at Leicester Royal Infirmary, while London-based surgeon, Adil El Tayar, 63, an organ transplant specialist, died on Wednesday at West Middlesex University Hospital. Both doctors had contracted Covid-19.

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