WARRINGTON Borough Council has issued a plea for more personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect care workers in the community.
In a joint statement Council Chief Exceutive Steven Broomhead and leader Cllr Russ Bowden said: “Today, we want to reassure you that the care we are providing to some of our most vulnerable people, with some of the most serious health conditions, continues following our plea for more personal protective equipment (PPE) earlier this week. We are very grateful for the response from our local businesses in helping to provide more PPE, but this urgent need for more equipment continues.
“PPE means that our amazing care workers can still provide support for the people who need it most. We are working so hard to ensure our care staff have as much support as possible in looking after your loved ones, and it’s important that those both giving, and receiving, care remain protected in the face of this outbreak. Of course, not all of our care workers need to wear PPE all of the time. It’s really important people know that we won’t provide care without PPE if we shouldn’t – we would never risk our vulnerable people, or our carers, in this way. We understand anxieties and worries are heightened at this time, but we are following the clear national guidance set out by the chief medical officer. Masks, for example, will only be used when essential and in the case of someone displaying coronavirus-like symptoms. To help keep things clear, we’ve set up a specific web page where people can read about when our care staff will, and won’t, be wearing PPE, as well as information on how you can still support us by donating PPE – www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirusPPE
“We need your support and understanding, so that we can in turn provide the best possible support to our carers who are doing a magnificent job under these challenging circumstances. Please be assured that they will be following the current national guidance and won’t deviate from it. More information about the council’s response to coronavirus can be found by visiting warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus
Meanwhile Bridgewater High School came to the aid of Latchford Medical Centre following a plea for PPE equipment. Borough Councillor and Chair of Appleton Parish Council Judith Wheeler, who arranged collection and delivery of the equipment to help protect key workers at the medical centre said: “Thank you to Bridgewater High School for a fantastic response and if there are any other companies or organisations out there who may have PPE equipment, please let me know as there is a real need from the medical and caring establishment.”
Picture shows Alan and Sarah at Bridgewater and Karen and Sally at Latchford.