More than 110 businesses and individuals have come forward to offer a wide range of PPE, which will be used to help keep the city’s team of frontline social care workers safe as they deliver essential support to Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable residents.
Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "It’s been widely reported that PPE is in really short supply nationally, and we’re so grateful to all the businesses and individuals who have responded to our urgent appeal for equipment.
“We’re working as quickly as we can to get the equipment out to our frontline social workers so that they can continue to support people in their homes, care homes and children's units safely.
“We’ve had a tremendous response so far, but we still need more. So if you or your organisation has any equipment to spare, please get in touch with us as soon as you possibly can – and in doing so you will be playing an instrumental role in the fight against coronavirus.”
In particular, the council is keen to receive:
- fluid repellent disposable gowns (BS EN 13795:2019 and BS EN11810:2015)
- non latex gloves (small, medium, large and extra large, EN 455 Parts 1,2,3 and 4 Break Force 6 Newtons)
- FFP3 face masks (EN149:2001+A1:2009 - FFP3)
- 500ml hand sanitiser (70% alcohol, propran-1-ol or propran-2-ol content, gel preferred to liquid).
Please note, products must be within their use by date and must adhere to the current technical and regulatory standards for PPE, available at Technical Specifications for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Businesses that can help are asked to please contact the council as soon as possible. For businesses wishing to donate items, please email email@example.com with full details of any PPE which may be available. Businesses selling PPE should please visit proactis.
Please provide information around the certification of items if possible, and the council will respond as soon as it is able to.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at Advice for everyone - Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind.