Thousands of items of PPE are being delivered to care homes across Wirral after the Council received a delivery of stock.
Wirral Council has moved swiftly to obtain and distribute the much-needed Personal Protective Equipment to frontline staff.
In addition to Government supplies which arrived over the bank holiday weekend the Council had ordered stock directly from suppliers, including tens of thousands directly from China.
The equipment ranges from masks and gloves to goggles and other personal protective equipment needed to protect wearers from infection.
The PPE is needed by some in adult social care including care homes, personal assistants, home care, and supported living, who work closely with people who are confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases.
The Council’s move to urgently obtain more supplies is in response to concerns from parts of the care sector that they were unable to obtain the protective equipment needed for their staff.
Graham Hodkinson, Wirral Council’s director of adult social care, said: “We have worked around the clock to obtain the personal protective equipment our frontline staff need.
“We work closely with the care homes in our borough and we know they have been worried about having the necessary PPE to do their jobs.
“This is why we have gone outside the normal supply chains and sought out the equipment which we are getting out to them urgently. It is crucial that our care homes receive this PPE as they are a key part of the frontline in the battle against coronavirus and they deserve our total support.”
The PPE supplies are being distributed from the Council’s supply hub to the care sector across the borough.