More than one million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been supplied to adult social care workers in the Avon and Somerset area.
An emergency supply of PPE from the Government has been received by the Avon and Somerset Local Resilience Forum and is being distributed on Bristol, Bath, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The equipment, which includes facemasks, gloves, aprons, clinical waste bags and cleaning supplies will be allocated to staff working in social care, care homes and care providers working in individual’s homes. Any surplus PPE will be offered to primary care providers.
Avon and Somerset police chief superintendent Ian Wylie said: “We welcome this emergency supply of essential PPE equipment which will help protect care home and domiciliary care workers and enable them to continue to deliver critical care services in our communities across the Avon and Somerset area, whilst also limiting the spread of Covid-19.”
“It is so important for the people we provide care to and to the care workers themselves who are doing such a brilliant job at this challenging time and also for their own families’ protection as they return home each day,” said Anne Clarke, director for Adult Social Services and Housing in South Gloucestershire. “It is a real recognition of the critical role adult social care services have to play at this time.”
Any businesses that can help with the supply of PPE should email COVIDdonations@avonandsomerset.police.uk. The key items required are water repellent surgical face masks, non-latex gloves, disposable plastic aprons and eye protection.
Main photo courtesy of Bath & North East Somerset Council