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Personal Protective Equipment is on its way to care homes in Preston

Posted on - 28th April, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News
Lancashire Resilience Forum has taken delivery of PPE for care settings

Supplies of essential personal protection equipment (PPE) are on their way to social care services across Lancashire.

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The Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) has taken delivery of 55 pallets of equipment including aprons, gloves, masks and eye protection.

These are now being distributed to areas of greatest need through councils, primarily adult social care providers such as nursing and care homes.

The funding for this equipment came direct from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Further deliveries are expected in the future. And is in addition to the stocks being distributed by central government.

Read more: Nurses at Royal Preston Hospital told to wear flimsy masks and gloves to treat CV-19 patients

Kieran Keane, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, is responsible for overseeing logistics within the LRF.

He said: “These supplies will support people working in social care, as they work tirelessly to help some of Lancashire’s most vulnerable residents during the Coronavirus outbreak.

“We’re proud that our LRF partners in Lancashire have been able to work closely together to make this happen.

“Obtaining PPE is challenging at the moment across the country, due to unprecedented demand. This supply will go some way to ease the pressures being felt by our public services, while we continue to identify and develop more robust supply lines.

“All partners within the LRF are working together to monitor existing and anticipated PPE levels on a daily basis, to ensure sufficient supplies are distributed to those most in need.”

Deliveries are also being received from Central Government, which will assist with the levels of equipment needed for key workers in Lancashire.

However LRF says more equipment may still be needed, if the coronavirus situation changes in the future.

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