Local volunteers have been working to produce thousands of protective face visors for staff working in the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis.
Those working on the front-line are already benefiting from the equipment with thousands more ready to be distributed to clinical areas in the coming weeks.
The prototype for the visor was created by Dr Glyn Smurthwaite, Consultant Anaesthetist and Dr Stuart Watson, Head of R&D Services in Medical Physics, who agreed the final design concept from home whilst in self-isolation.
They set out with the initial aim of being able to provide every member of clinical staff with a visor to give them crucial protection whilst caring for patients.
A team of ‘Iocal’ volunteers completed the first batch of 500 visors and the project was scaled up and to date, more than 28,000 visors have now been made and will be distributed to staff across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which brings together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust.
With support from Irlam woman Tammy Pike, Group Assistant Director for Patient/Service User Experience, around 60 volunteers came forward from the local community and Talk-Talk UK offered to open up their building on the Northbank Estate in Cadishead as a Community Volunteer Hub.
Through the incredible collaboration between many individuals and organisations the ‘construction centre’ was set up within a matter of hours.
The visors are now being made by a team of 65 volunteers, working three ‘shifts’ led by Dave Pike, an Irlam firefighter and former NCA Lead Governor, supported by Tony Prescott from the Hamilton Davies Trust (HDT). The volunteers have the ability to make up to 3,000 visors a day.
Dave said, “It’s fantastic to see the community and local organisations pulling together to support our frontline NHS workers, helping to ensure they have this vital equipment which they so desperately need.”
Several kilometres of elastic and approximately 120,000 staples have been used to produce the visors.
The Critical Care Unit is one of many frontline areas that have been supplied with the visors. Dr Chris Booth, Intensive Care Consultant added, “This is a brilliant innovation to help with our PPE. The visors give us full face protection during the most hazardous procedures on ICU and ensure our staff are safe during these uncertain times.”
The Local Mag were able to see the work being done by the volunteers in Cadishead and the remarkable number of potentially life saving visors they are making. Individuals and families were doing a fantastic job, working side by side, but obviously observing social distancing guidelines and hand washing regimes, whilst giving something back to our fantastic NHS staff. Well done to everyone who is taking part and supporting our local community by helping to keep our NHS staff safe.
A fantastic 35,000 visors have now been made. These are being distributed to staff across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group which brings together Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust.
HDT are so proud to have been able to play a part in this magnificent initiative and wish to thank all those who kindly answered the call for help and volunteered their time and energy, including:
Amber, Charlotte Anthony, Emma Anthony, Keith Anthony, Morgan Anthony, Tracy Tabner-Bacon, Natalie Baran, Olivia Barry, Zenna Barry, Alison Blackwell, Paul Blackwell, Sophie Blackwell, James Cooper, John Eccles, Alambra Egerton, Mark Fish, Rebecca Foster, Pat Glynn, Darren Goulden, Paula Goulden, Helena Graham, Lena Graham, Marcus Graham, Diane Grey, Mark Halliwell, Suzanne Halliwell, Cathy Higgins, Dave Higgins, Holly Higgins, Reece Higgins, Dave Higham, Joanne Higham, Rose Mellor Hughes, James Jones, Jan Jones, Joannne Platts, Nicole Malpus, Luke Mann, Dave Mann, Sarah Mann, Peter McKeown, Madison McNicoll, Cheryl Mellor, Ged O’Connor, Adam Pike, Dave Pike, Rebecca Pike, Tammy Pike, Adam Pickering, Dave Pickering, Ryan Pickering, Tracy Pickering, Elysia Robertson, Ibro Robertson, Gary Prescott, Tony Prescott, Caitlin Rushton, Jenny Rushton, Paul Scott, Helen Spender, Molly Spender, Roy Thickett, Stuart Tipping, Vicky Turner, Dave Usher, Jane Wade, Jay Waterworth, Daniel Watson, Ela Whareham, Georgie Whareham, Luke Whareham, Charlie Whelan, Kevin Whelan.
Well done to everyone involved… what a wonderful achievement!