March 27, 2020 4.36 pm This story is over

University creates coronavirus safety equipment for Lincoln hospital

It is also planning to support the production of ventilators

Staff and students at the University of Lincoln have been busy making safety equipment to help healthcare workers at the city’s hospital tackle the coronavirus crisis.

The university’s School of Engineering is meeting the immediate need from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust by manufacturing safety visors and other safety equipment.

The University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering is making safety equipment to meet the immediate need from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Staff are also working up plans to support the production of ventilators for very sick patients by 3D printing parts for machines.

The university is contributing a large portion of the money needed, but the public are also being called on to donate more funds via a JustGiving page. Click here to donate to ensure that more new pieces of equipment can be created.

University of Lincoln staff in personal protection equipment.

Over £1,600 has been raised so far by the time of publication.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, said: “As a university we have a responsibility to serve the community in which we sit, and there has never been a more important time for us to step up and try to make a positive difference to the immense challenges faced by the health service in combatting the COVID-19 virus.

“I am particularly proud of our engineering staff who are manufacturing safety visors and other equipment for use at Lincoln County Hospital.

“We are moving as quickly as we can to support our local community, and the university is contributing a large part of the cost needed to produce the equipment, but we are asking for your help to raise the remaining funds required. Any amount you can give matters. I know that together, we can make a difference, and I hope as many of you as possible can support our efforts.”

Meanwhile, the university previously announced that it is continuing its online-only learning until the end of term to give its staff and students the best protection against the spread of COVID-19.

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