Update on PPE for Southdown ‘key workers’

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As social care (as well as NHS) workers continue to struggle to access Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the supply and distribution of PPE to our frontline housing, care and support staff has been a key priority for us over the past few weeks.

In our Learning Disability Supported Living Services and Care Homes, we have managed to maintain supplies to cover demand for staff to undertake normal personal care activities as well as build up additional stock to be used as needed to control transmission of the coronavirus.

We also have stocks of PPE suitable for workers in our housing, homelessness prevention and mental health services where staff are working face–to-face with very vulnerable clients in the community or visiting Southdown properties.

However, we will need more stock if a sustained outbreak of viral infection occurs.

Due to the current high demand across the country for PPE, our Central Services’ staff who have been re-deployed to procure supplies for colleagues across the organisation have had to be creative…and some help has come from unusual sources.

Local community support

Step forward the Brighton Gin Distillery, who has kindly donated a 10 litre barrel of gin-based anti-bacterial hand sanitiser gel and Eastbourne Poundland who provided us with free spray bottles to decant it into. Huge thanks to both companies for their generosity.

A big thank you also to the Business Resilience Forum for donating 300 masks, 200 sets of gloves, a huge roll of aprons and six sets of goggles. The Medi Tech Trust, a small charity in Eastbourne, have also helped us to secure a supply of full face shields, face masks and some anti-bacterial hand sanitizer – the charity is also currently working with local schools for us to make some hi-tech face masks, visors and 'ear catchers' to stop masks rubbing. Thank you!

As Government guidance around PPE changes, we will review the impact on our current stock and future supplies, and continue to do everything we can to ensure we have adequate supplies for our staff.