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Coronavirus: County hospitals equipped with shields built by volunteers

Hospitals across the county are being equipped with specially-designed shields assembled by volunteers and even the London Fire Brigade in the battle against coronavirus.
Badger shield
Badger Shield

Hospitals across the county are being equipped with specially-designed shields assembled by volunteers and even fire brigades in the battle against coronavirus.

ShieldNHS shields are in use at Addenbrookes and Papworth, as well as many others across the country such as Ealing, Guy’s and St Thomas hospitals.

Volunteers are being sought across the county to help assemble more of the shields, which were designed by ShieldNHS.

A spokesperson said: "ShieldNHS is a temporary, not-for-profit organisation created to help ease the shortage of PPE in the NHS. The team comprises of medics, engineers and volunteers all brought together by a common goal, to donate as many face shields to the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis as possible.

"All the shields we make are donated for free to NHS trusts, we have so far managed to use private funding to pay for all materials. We have just started public crowdfunding to raise another £40,000 which will allow us to make another 40,000 shields.

"We are very proud to announce that, along with the clinical engineering team at Addenbrookes Hospital Trust, we have created an SOP (standard operating procedure) to produce these open source Badger Shields safely for the NHS. This will be sent to as many trusts as possible for their use.

"The original shield design was created in America by US-based design and engineering company Delve. It was being used in their healthcare system, however, to bring this to the UK NHS, we developed the documentation and  procedures necessary to meet the Essential Safety and Performance Requirements set out
by law. This has only taken a few days to arrange as everyone has been working incredibly fast to help with the crisis."

Volunteers can build up to 200 shields in three hours.

Over the Easter weekend 8,000 Shields were produced at Lambeth Fire Station, of which 4,000 will go to NHS Hospitals. Another 31,000 are being produced.

For more information go to www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-to-make-40000-face-shields-for-the-nhs