Essential PPE arrives in Lancashire
Monday, April 27, 2020
* Issued on behalf of the Lancashire Resilience Forum .
Supplies of essential personal protection equipment (PPE) are on their way to social care services across Lancashire.
The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has taken delivery of 55 pallets of equipment including aprons, gloves, masks and eye protection.
These are now being distributed to areas of greatest need through councils, primarily adult social care providers such as nursing and care homes.
The funding for this equipment came direct from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Further deliveries are expected in the future. And is in addition to the stocks being distributed by central government.
Kieran Keane, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, is responsible for overseeing logistics within the LRF.
He said: "These supplies will support people working in social care, as they work tirelessly to help some of Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents during the Coronavirus outbreak.
"We're proud that our LRF partners in Lancashire have been able to work closely together to make this happen.
"Obtaining PPE is challenging at the moment across the country, due to unprecedented demand. This supply will go some way to ease the pressures being felt by our public services, while we continue to identify and develop more robust supply lines.
“All partners within the LRF are working together to monitor existing and anticipated PPE levels on a daily basis, to ensure sufficient supplies are distributed to those most in need.”
Deliveries are also being received from Central Government, which will assist with the levels of equipment needed for key workers in Lancashire.
More equipment may still be needed, if the coronavirus situation changes in the future.
So businesses and organisations in Lancashire are also encouraged to offer spare safety equipment. This could include supplies in schools, businesses and voluntary organisations, which are currently closed due to Coronavirus.
Any donated equipment would be used to protect key workers from various organisations.
Collection of any spare equipment is being co-ordinated by the county council. So if you have any to donate, please visit: https://lancashire-self.achieveservice.com/service/External_Organisation_PPE_Campaign or call 0300 123 6787.
The types of PPE which could be donated include:
• FFP3 face masks sometimes referred to as respirators (garages/vehicle paint sprayers may have these)
• Type IIR fluid resistant face masks, sometimes referred to as surgical face masks
• Nitrile disposable gloves in any size
• Disposable plastic aprons – usually come in rolls of 200
• Disposable visors