Donations of personal protective equipment

Firstly, we’ve been overwhelmed by the show of support for our staff from the community in Dorset, so my wholehearted thanks to all those getting behind our amazing teams.

As part of this, a number of local individuals and private companies have approached us with offers to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) and I would like to provide some clarity on this. We know that the supply of PPE is currently receiving a lot of media coverage and is the subject of widespread concern.

The impact of COVID-19 on the production and distribution of PPE has been significant worldwide. Undoubtedly, NHS organisations have had to get more creative about procurement processes to ensure we continue to have the adequate equipment available. Dorset HealthCare is no different. Whether it’s joining up with other Trusts for orders, or purchasing equipment from outside our normal providers, we are working tirelessly to explore every available avenue.

This work means that we can continue to provide the approved and appropriate PPE needed to keep our staff and the people they care for safe and healthy. This is our absolute priority, so while we are grateful for donations that are made, we must insist that these go through the appropriate channels.

Some equipment that has originally been designed for work in other industries may not be suitable for clinical use. We have a strict set of safety standards and will need to check that any donated equipment meets these specifications before we distribute it to our staff.

With that in mind, if you have equipment you are looking to donate, please ensure you contact our central team at: dhc.trust.purchasing@nhs.net

Our team will discuss this with you and where appropriate arrange for the safe delivery of these items, ensuring this does not put you or our staff at risk.

We know you’ll understand the reason for this process because we share the same goal – keeping our amazing staff, who are working hard to care for your loved ones, safe.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this challenging time and remember the best thing you can do to help is to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Dawn Dawson

Director of Nursing, Therapies and Quality

COVID-19 (coronavirus)