We’ve all heard in the news about the problems that the NHS has been experiencing with getting hold of enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to safeguard its medical and care workers while they care for people with Covid-19. To help the NHS with this shortage, we’ve donated hundreds of sterile gowns, face masks and surgical caps, as well as rolls of disposable aprons and several fluid protection gowns.
As veterinary professionals we routinely wear or use items of PPE throughout the day and so each of our surgeries hold a certain amount of stock. As you’ll be aware we’ve had to temporarily close four of our surgeries during the lockdown and are only seeing emergency cases at our Brighton, Telscombe and Shoreham branches. During these emergency appointments staff wear PPE to protect themselves when seeing a pet from a household where someone has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, or where they are suspected as being infected.
Our role as veterinary professionals means that we are still working closely with the public even if people are sick, so we understand how important PPE is for the medical teams in the NHS to do their job and feel safe. Like everyone we are so grateful for all the carers, doctors and nurses who are risking their lives to care for those infected with the virus, which is why we wanted to do something to help.