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Partnership delivering PPE to front line workers in need

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | Coronavirus | Published:

More than 50,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been delivered to key workers across Staffordshire through a new partnership.

Fire service workers in Staffordshire have delivered PPE

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, NHS and volunteers have teamed up to form a group – ensuring frontline staff get the equipment they need as they tackle coronavirus.

The multi-agency Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Logistics Cell has seen 33,000 face masks, 17,000 aprons and 400 re-usable goggles delivered.

They have been handed to GP practices and other locations for use by doctors, nurses and other health workers.

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Chris Bird, logistics cell lead from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "Priority has been given to hot hubs where staff may come into contact with patients displaying coronavirus symptoms, and to GPs visiting care homes. We are also supporting the hospices in our area.

"However we are working hard to ensure staff in all GP practices across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have access to the PPE they require.

"We are extremely grateful to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Blood Bike volunteers for their help with the distribution, and to Stafford Industrial Supplies Ltd who donated 100 pairs of reusable goggles."

Graham Mills, head of emergency response at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "As part of mutual aid, our team has distributed around 50,000 PPE items to over 50 locations, including doctor’s surgeries and hospices in only a few days. This work will continue as part of mutual aid."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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