Stocks of personal protection equipment (PPE) should arrive in Lincolnshire on Wednesday to help keep frontline health and social care staff safe as the county tackles the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consignment from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government should boost supplies of PPE for distribution across the county, according to the healthcare team in the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.
The cross-organisational forum is expecting its supplies today (April 8), with over 60,000 masks, 300,000 gloves and 123,000 aprons.
A new ordering service for PPE went live Monday, which provides a single point of contact for all the health trusts in Lincolnshire to order stocks and get direct deliveries.
New guidance has also been issued across the health sector by Public Health England to help define exactly what equipment should be used in different circumstances.
Confirmation of fresh PPE supplies has been welcomed by Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin, Chairman of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum.
He said: “We are pleased that these supplies are coming into the county and we will continue to distribute these effectively to protect those working in care, health and other organisations involved in our county’s response.
“These new stocks allow us to assess need right across all the teams working together to tackle this crisis.”
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