Donate Your PPE: We talk about how the worst situations bring out the best in people – how a problem is just something awaiting a solution.
The current immense strain on the Health and Social care services has seen front line workers going into work without sufficient or approved kit, and while we can all shout about how wrong it is few us do more than just that – shout.
Some, however, look for those solutions. Michael Buick, for example. Michael, a furniture maker with a partner on the front line working as an intensive care nurse, set up Donate your PPE in an effort to ensure no spare stocks of equipment were left sitting in cupboards in work places that were no longer at work. Brilliant!
Peter Craig, Grounds and Gardens Manager at The Lensbury Teddington, was also thinking about what his industry could do.
“We all have a lot of PPE in our facilities and many of us are not working to full capacity at the moment. My thought was that this resource could be put to immediate use to help the greater cause. I felt that we could look to see how much of it we could donate to people in need of it now,” explained Peter.
“I’m thinking mainly of face masks and the plastic gloves that we use when applying chemicals but some of us may have other PPE which would be appropriate in certain situations.”
Peter is well aware that “it is not ours to give away” and that approval must be sought from line managers before making a donation.
“We see on television and read in the press that many social carers are having to make home visits without suitable PPE and perhaps some of what we have in our store rooms could be of real help,” said Peter.
You must also ensure that when we are back, once again, operating at full capacity you are not having to wait until new supplies of PPE are delivered to be able to carry out certain tasks.
So let’s show our industry in a positive light in these less than positive times and check to see what can be donated to the cause.
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