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Vital PPE reaches North Somerset

As part of the nationwide effort to ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to people in frontline care roles, North Somerset Council has taken delivery today of a stock of much-needed items. The delivery includes aprons, gloves, face masks and cleaning equipment.

As soon as the items arrived locally, the council organised it into smaller batches for onward distribution to care homes and home care providers across North Somerset.

Cllr Mike Bell, Deputy Leader of the Council and executive member for adult social care, said: “These supplies are desperately needed to ensure that those working locally to provide care to the most vulnerable people in our community are protected and can protect the people they are caring for.

“It has taken much longer than we would have liked for the supplies to arrive, but now that they’re here our teams have worked swiftly to get them to where they’re most needed.

“But they won’t last forever. The items we’ve received today are expected to last for about a week, so I urge the government to do more and keep the stocks coming. A sustained supply of PPE is vital in the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“And again, I would like to extend my thanks, and that of my fellow councillors, to everyone who is working so hard to deliver care in such challenging circumstances. Understandably the NHS efforts to battle this disease occupy many of our news headlines, but we must not forget the role of our care homes and home care providers. They too are working incredibly hard and deserve our recognition and respect.”

Local businesses have also been helping following the council’s appeal for urgently needed PPE for care workers.

“We’ve had an excellent response and I would like to thank all those businesses who have come forward and provided items,” said Cllr Bell. “Please keep them coming and help save lives.”

Anyone who can help should contact the council at care.connect@n-somerset.gov.uk or 01275 888 801.