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PPE service helping keep communities safe

Thousands of workers in Private and Council care homes and other care settings on frontline services in Swansea have benefited from more than 3.5m items of personal protection equipment supplied by the council.

PPE Team

The council's care homes, domiciliary care workers, private sector services and all of our schools have all been helped to prevent the spread of the virus thanks to PPE secured by the council.

Throughout the pandemic a small team of council staff based at the Civic Centre  have procured quality masks, aprons, gloves, goggles, hand sanitiser and other PPE from around the world to help keep services going and residents safe.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery and Operations, said: "The team led by Mark O'Neill has done an amazing job helping our frontline staff to feel safe at their work supporting thousands of vulnerable people around the city.

"Throughout this pandemic one of the most heartening things has been the way in which communities have stepped up to support the NHS and our frontline care services to help save lives.

"Schools, businesses and many individuals turned their skills to filling gaps in PPE supplies due to the well-reported shortages in March and April in particular.

"At the same time the council's procurement team was buying-in supplies and accepting donations from around the world to help ensure hundreds of our staff working with the elderly, those shielding from the virus and other vulnerable people had the PPE they needed to minimise the risks."

Apart from donations via schools, local businesses and other individuals, the council also received boxes of PPE donated by and shipped-in from Nantong in China.

Cllr Hopkins said: "It has been a major logistical challenge to keep supplies of the right kind coming in at the right time.

"It's a job that's still continuing and just one of the ways in which the council has been transforming what it does during the pandemic for the people of Swansea."

The most-procured items so far include 785,000 white aprons, 632,881 surgical face masks and over a million pairs of gloves.

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