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UCLan turns over engineering buildings to produce PPE for the NHS

Posted on - 17th May, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston News, UCLan, University
Some of the medical appliances made by the university to assist the NHS Pic: UCLan
Some of the medical appliances made by the university to assist the NHS Pic: UCLan

Preston’s university has given over its workshop facilities to helping the NHS.

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The University of Central Lancashire has produced more than 200 items of personal protective equipment and machine parts for health and social care workers.

More than 100 visors have been donated, including to staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, made using the water jet cutter in the university’s Wharf Building engineering workshops.

The university has also created 80 leads for invasive blood pressure monitors to be used in hospitals.

These indicate how well a coronavirus patient is responding to treatment.

Read more: Preston schools unite to donate PPE to the NHS

A global shortage of these leads means the university’s engineering team measured the leads and reverse engineered them, using available components, to produce new connectors using a 3D printer.

Medical director at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS, Dr Jim Gardner, said: “We’re so grateful to the team at UCLan for their innovation, expertise and support.

“The manufacture and donation of these machine parts and face shields so quickly has helped us to protect our staff and improve capacity in our intensive care units, ensuring we can treat some of the most critically ill patients in our community.”

PPE and other equipment made by UCLan Pic: UCLan
PPE and other equipment made by UCLan Pic: UCLan

The university’s equipment means they can make 10 aluminium-framed visors in just 14 minutes, allowing them to make 40 times the number of face visors compared with a 3D printer.

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Pro vice-chancellor for research and enterprise at UCLan, professor Stjohn Crean, said: “Our manufacturing team have been exceptional, and have worked day and night to produce as much equipment and parts as they possibly can to help local services.

“We’re proud to be using our expertise and facilities to support Blackpool Victoria Hospital and other local healthcare providers wherever possible, and will continue to do so throughout this period and beyond.”

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