Royal Mint to join the fight for PPE by making TWO MILLION visors for NHS staff

Royal Mint to join the fight for PPE by making TWO MILLION visors for NHS staff

The visors will help protect NHS staff across England and Wales from coronavirus. 150,000 of the visors have already been made for hospitals following the breakthrough.

The Royal Mint, which is more commonly known for making coins and investment products, has transformed its visitor attraction into an emergency production line.

The production line is said to be making more than 100,000 medical visors per week.

Production has now moved up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the Royal Mint’s site in Llantrisant, South Wales.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, who is also Master of the Mint, said: “It’s vital our brave NHS workers have the protective equipment they need to safely care for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

“I applaud the Royal Mint for refocusing their efforts and working around the clock to play their part during this national emergency.”

Companies including Brammer, TJ Morgan and Technical Foam Services have worked with the Royal Mint to source the components needed.

The Royal Mint has worked closely with the NHS to provide other support.

They have previously helped to design and print Covid-19 awareness cards for staff at the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

Anne Jessopp, chief executive of the Royal Mint, added: “We want to play our part in the fight against coronavirus by providing NHS staff with the protective equipment they need to keep the nation and themselves safe.

“When people think of the Royal Mint, they think about the coins in their pockets, but we’ve been making useful products for the nation for 1,100 years and have a team of skilled designers, engineers and production staff.

“Together they turned a rudimentary visor design into a working model in just 48 hours, and within a week we were manufacturing thousands per day.”

The news comes as the government has come under intense criticism for the lack of PPE available to frontline workers.

More than 80 NHS workers are now confirmed to have died during the pandemic.

A survey found that a worrying one in four GPs has seen Covid-19 patients face to face without adequate protective equipment.

A horrifying three-quarters (74 percent) of GPs said they fear for their health and/or life at work according to a survey by Pulse magazine.

The survey was carried out between April 17 and April 21, and is made up of responses from 675 GPs.

The publication for GPs, found that around one in four (26 percent) respondents reported seeing patients with Covid-19 while not wearing any protective equipment at all.

GPs also reported difficulty accessing PPE altogether.

A mere 13 percent of participants said they have received adequate eye protectors, while only 12 percent said they have been provided with gowns.

More than half (52 percent) of doctors in general practice have reported feeling unsafe at work due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE),

61% of respondents to the survey, carried out over a four day period, have said they are adopting a “no PPE, no see” policy at work.

The survey shared results from the 675 GPs who participated.

The results showed that only a third (33 percent) of doctors reported to have received an adequate supply of face masks.

One in five reported that they had the disease – either confirmed or suspected – and more than a quarter said they have self-isolated, increasing pressure on the workforce.

Published at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 04:30:00 +0000