The NHS is ramping up the issuing of Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep frontline staff safe in the fight against COVID-19.

Extra deliveries of PPE such as face masks, aprons, gloves, eye protection, gowns and hand sanitisers is being continually delivered to hospitals, GP practices, community trusts and care providers in Northamptonshire 

Deliveries are now being made 7 days a week and support is available 24 hours a day for those who need it and can be tracked by providers. Emergency ordering processes are also in place to support organisations who urgently require further stock of PPE. 

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire said:  

“Personal and Protective Equipment is essential to ensuring that our frontline staffdoctors, nurses and carers can protect themselves from contracting the virus. These healthcare professionals are caring for local people who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, and it is of paramount importance that we protect our workforce. 

COVID-19 is generating unprecedented global demand on the PPE supply chain but we would like to reassure the public and our frontline staff, that the NHS is doing everything it can to work with the industry to secure additional supplies and access further PPE stocks through our extensive list of suppliers. 

 “Nationally we have also been carrying out stringent tests on the PPE products being supplied to frontline workers to ensure they are safe before they’re issued. This includes exposing PPE to extreme conditions for prolonged periods to see how the product deteriorates. Ensuring our frontline workers are safe is a key priority and products that are not up to standard are destroyed. 

“PPE only acts as a barrier if it used correctly. Frontline workers are therefore being offered training on how to use the equipment through videos and webinars to ensure they are able to stay safe when caring for patients with COVID-19.”