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Coronavirus: staff at Kettering General Hospital which serves Rutland has enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses




A hospital serving the Rutland area has said it has enough protective equipment for staff caring for coronavirus patients.

Shortages of the equipment at doctors surgeries and hospitals have been well documented over recent weeks with the Government coming under fire for not adequately protecting the country’s healthcare workers.

Across the country at least three NHS doctors, two nurses and one midwife have died after contracting coronavirus.

There is currently enough protective equipment for staff at Kettering General Hospital
There is currently enough protective equipment for staff at Kettering General Hospital

However, Kettering General Hospital has said it currently has enough personal protective equipment (PPE) and is also exploring private sector options to bolster supplies.

In its board papers from March 31 the hospital had identified risks including not being able to properly fit the protective masks due to a national shortage of solution and also not having any stock of protective hoods.

But the hospital’s chief operating officer, Jo Fawcus, said: “Several weeks ago the trust identified potential risks associated with coronavirus protective equipment during its preparations expressed in a trust board paper.

“The management of risk is a dynamic process and the risk is reviewed and updated on a daily basis, therefore it is ever-changing.

“The current situation is we do have stock of appropriate protective equipment including hoods – re-usable FFP3 masks.

“Mask fitting solutions are in short supply nationally but there is an appropriate fitting procedure staff can follow which accommodates safe fitting and we are following that protocol.

“In addition to national supplies we are also exploring private sector options to supplement our stocks of protective equipment.”

There have been 20 coronavirus deaths so far at the hospital. However the number of patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 has not been publicised.

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