Thousands of items of Personal Protective Equipment are today being delivered to care homes across Wirral after the Council received a delivery of stock.
Wirral Council has moved swiftly to obtain and distribute the much-needed PPE to frontline staff.
In addition to Government supplies which arrived over the bank holiday weekend the Council had ordered stock directly from suppliers.
The equipment ranges from masks and gloves to goggles and other personal protective equipment needed to protect wearers from infection.
The PPE is needed by some in adult social care including care homes, personal assistants, home care, and supported living, who work closely with people who are confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases.
The Council’s move to urgently obtain more supplies is in response to concerns from parts of the care sector that they were unable to obtain the protective equipment needed for their staff.
Graham Hodkinson, Wirral Council’s director of adult social care, said: “We have worked around the clock to obtain the personal protective equipment our frontline staff need.
“We work closely with the care homes in our borough and we know they have been worried about having the necessary PPE to do their jobs.
“This is why we have gone outside the normal supply chains and sought out the equipment which we are getting out to them urgently. It is crucial that our care homes receive this PPE as they are a key part of the frontline in the battle against coronavirus and they deserve our total support.”
The PPE supplies are being distributed from the Council’s supply hub to the care sector across the borough.
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.