PPE distributed to Scottish care homes

More than 1000 care homes across Scotland are now being supplied directly with personal protective equipment (PPE).

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 24th April 2020, 12:39 pm
NHS National Services Scotland is delivering PPE to care homes where Covid-19 is known to be present.
NHS National Services Scotland is delivering PPE to care homes where Covid-19 is known to be present.

NHS National Services Scotland is delivering PPE to care homes where Covid-19 is known to be present, as well as local hubs which distribute it to other care workers.

The situation will also be reviewed regularly based on information concerning stocks of this equipment.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The dedication of those who work in the care sector is hugely appreciated and ensuring those staff are protected is a priority for me.

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“They are doing a remarkable job in very difficult circumstances, and we will support them as they do that.

“We have dedicated teams working on the procurement and distribution of PPE to our health and social care workers.

“I believe that providing additional supplies straight to care homes will ensure all care homes in Scotland have enough PPE to allow them to continue to safely provide care and support to their residents. It should also allow time for care homes to work on sourcing their own stock.

“We are also working closely with COSLA to ensure the existing service provided by the local hubs is working as efficiently as possible.”

Scottish Care Chief Executive Donald Macaskill added: “Scottish Care warmly welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary that direct distribution of PPE to care services will be introduced.

“This will significantly support the protection of staff, residents and clients and the staff who care for and support them.

“I am grateful for the immediacy of response from Scottish Government and the recognition of the need to take these measures with urgency. All of us are working with determination in challenging circumstances to meet the threat of coronavirus.”