Suffolk’s resilience partners continue to provide PPE equipment where most needed

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Press release issued on behalf of Suffolk Resilience Forum published on 26 June 2020.

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As Suffolk’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic enters its fourth month, the team set up in March to source and distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support service providers across the county continues to operate from Suffolk County Council’s offices in Ipswich.

To date, this PPE ‘cell’ of the Suffolk Resilience Forum (SRF) has distributed over 2.3 million items of PPE across Suffolk. Over 1.9 million of these items have been distributed for use in the care sector to support some of Suffolk’s most vulnerable residents.

This equipment is directly supporting a range of staff every day, providing them with the masks, gloves and other disposable protective items needed to ensure safe working and effective infection control, working in care settings, social care, special schools, emergency services and health organisations.

As service providers increase contact with residents and reopen or plan for buildings to open in weeks to come, Suffolk’s PPE team will continue to purchase and distribute equipment where there is a shortfall in supply or where organisations identify an urgent need.

Speaking on behalf of the SRF, Suffolk’s Director for Public Health, Stuart Keeble said:

“As the pandemic really took hold in late March, it was vitally important that we quickly established a team to source and distribute PPE where it was needed most. This was especially important given the increased demand for personal protective equipment across the UK, and the world at that point.

"Suffolk’s team continues to operate and the SRF is keeping a close eye on levels of demand to understand if and when we need to scale back operations.

“With recent national announcements that look to relax some of the social distancing guidelines, locally we are beginning to see fewer cases of Covid-19. Whilst things appear to be heading in the right direction, we all need to remain vigilant and stick with the simple measures we can all take to reduce the spread of the virus; washing our hands and maintaining safe social distancing.

“We have worked hard to source and supply PPE equipment where it is needed across Suffolk and have been able to provide PPE to all those who have requested it, to continue to protect residents and staff and reduce the risk of infection. Let’s stick with it Suffolk.”