Latest update on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies in Wirral

So far, across the UK, 761 MILLION items of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been supplied, including 300,000 surgical face masks shown here at Arrowe Park. But, while more is being manufactured, ordered and delivered, Wirral Council is also asking any local companies, individuals or organisations if they can help too.

You may have equipment that is in stock and not being used or you may be able to manufacture equipment as an addition or alternative to your normal stock production. Any offers are welcome.

The types of equipment needed is listed below. Equipment could be provided either on a commercial basis or as donations. 

All products must not have reached their end of use date and payment can be arranged for any suitable products offered.  

If you are able to supply any of the following items please email indicating name of your organisation, a contact person and phone number, what the equipment is and numbers available, terms of offer, when it could be available and whether you can safely deliver it to us.

Equipment sought:

  • Liquid handwash
  • Alcohol based hand rub (min 60% alcohol)
  • Disposable sterile latex/nitrile or neoprene gloves
  • Disposable non-sterile latex/nitrile or neoprene gloves
  • Non-sterile disposable vinyl gloves (can be used for environmental/equipment cleaning)
  • Disposable plastic aprons
  • Fluid resistant surgical mask (EN 14683 Type IIR)
  • Long sleeved disposable gown
  • FFP3 mask (EN149:2001)
  • Eye protection
  • Surgical masks with integrated visor
  • Full face shield/visor
  • Polycarbonate safety spectacles or equivalent

Nationally, the UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) is underway.

The 3-strand plan provides clear guidance on who needs PPE and when they need it, ensure those who need it can get it at the right time and set out action to secure enough PPE to last through the crisis.

  • A full, 24/7 military operation is helping to deal with the unprecedented, global demand for PPE as a result of this pandemic.
  • A new national supply and logistics network has been created from scratch in a matter of weeks to manage supply and demand across the UK, and to make sure appropriate PPE reaches those who need it.
  • A new website, developed with the help of the military, is being rolled out to improve distribution and will enable primary, social and community care providers in England to order critical PPE.

In addition, a new PPE hub provides easy access to all the government’s guidance on PPE in one place – a one-stop shop people can visit to understand what PPE they need.

This is in addition to a 24-hour helpline that already allows providers to request emergency drops of PPE to meet immediate need.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "I will stop at nothing to protect those on the frontline who are fighting this virus.

"Our heroic health and care staff are working around the clock and my absolute priority is to support them. Our new online ordering tool for PPE is supported by a 24/7 national supply and logistics network.

"There is a herculean effort behind the scenes, supported by the military, to get the right kit to our frontline heroes. These new supply chains, matched with a call to arms for more businesses and organisations to join this national effort, will help save lives."

The 3-strand plan sets out:

  • Guidance: being clear who needs PPE and when, and who does not, based on UK clinical expertise and WHO standards. This will ensure workers on the front line are able to do their jobs safely, while making sure PPE is only used when clinically necessary and isn’t wasted or stockpiled
  • Distribution: making sure those who need PPE can get it and at the right time. The government will ensure those who need critical PPE receive it as quickly as possible by setting up a new national supply system
  • Future supply: taking action to secure enough PPE to see us through the crisis. The actions being taken to ensure we have enough critical PPE to last the UK through the pandemic, working alongside industry to boost future supply. The government has already co-ordinated deliveries of PPE directly to health and care providers and to 38 local resilience forums across England. These efforts are being co-ordinated across all 4 nations of the UK to ensure appropriate distribution of critical PPE

Since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, more than 761 million items of PPE have been delivered across the UK to 58,000 different settings, including hospitals, hospices, care homes, home care providers, GPs, pharmacists and dentists to ensure our frontline is protected. This includes 158 million masks, 135 million aprons and 360 million pairs of gloves.

Already companies such as Burberry, Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Ineos and Diageo have started work to produce equipment including gowns, visors and hand hygiene products.

Last week, following extensive consultation with the Medical Royal Colleges, the government published updated guidance for PPE for health and care workers. This covers doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers and social care staff. Critical PPE guidance has also been published for cleaners, funeral directors and first responders.




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