Tower Hamlets Council has delivered more than 150,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safeguard residents, frontline staff such as care workers, and maintain essential services.
Yesterday (Thursday 7 May) Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, visited the council’s PPE distribution unit to help supply PPE to frontline council staff, external service providers and individuals with caring responsibilities.
There has been an unprecedented level of demand and changes in PPE requirements as a result of coronavirus, and the council is working hard to ensure it can meet demand and see the borough through the pandemic.
Mayor John Biggs said: “There is understandably concern about obtaining PPE following worrying reports in recent weeks about stock nationally running out. We’d like to reassure our residents that we are working around the clock to make sure those who need PPE to keep themselves and those they care for safe have access to it. I’ve seen first-hand the incredible and complex operation this is. Thank you to our staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly to ensure we have adequate levels of PPE and quickly getting stock out the door to those who need it.”
The council is continuing to follow national PPE guidance from Public Health England. Tower Hamlets residents who receive care should be aware that their nurse or care worker will be wearing PPE during visits where a distance of two metres cannot be maintained.
Nurses and carers will put on a fresh apron and gloves before entering someone’s home and remove it once they have left. They may also wear a face mask or eye protection, although it may not be necessary for these to be changed for every visit, depending on the care being given.
Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “PPE is essential for our care workers to continue caring for our most vulnerable residents while keeping themselves, their colleagues and their families safe. These are extremely challenging times, but we are committed to protecting our staff and residents by providing adequate PPE. We are also supporting other organisations and individual carers through our mutual aid scheme if they are struggling to source their own PPE.”