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Council's plea for businesses to donate protective equipment to protect critical front-line workers

Suffolk County Council has issued an appeal to secure protective equipment for critical front-line workers.

The appeal has been made for businesses to donate unused equipment that could help protect staff in care homes, children's homes and people's own homes.

The donations will help to ensure that vulnerable people, and those caring for them can minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Protective equipment is needed
Protective equipment is needed

The equipment that is needed includes: Fluid repellent face masks, nitrile non-powdered disposable gloves, disposable aprons, disposable eye protection or splash goggles and sanitiser gel.

Any business that would like to help should contact PPE@suffolk.gov.uk with information about its current PPE stock (type and quantity), where in Suffolk the equipment is located and a contact number.

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council's leader, said:“We fully understand the efforts the Government is making to ensure PPE is available for all who need it, but we equally recognise the challenge they face in reaching beyond the NHS into other parts of the care system. During this unprecedented time we need to ensure that we have enough PPE to help our dedicated teams of social workers, care workers and other front line staff who are working with the most vulnerable people in Suffolk."

The council has been working with procurement experts for two weeks to secure personal protective equipment for public sector partners in Suffolk and has also been in contact with suppliers directly.

4,000 personal protective equipment kits are being sent out to critical front-line teams this week, but more is still needed.

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