Many independent schools across the region are working over the Easter holidays to provide essential equipment for frontline NHS workers. Science departments are providing goggles and gloves from their stocks and DT departments are making face visors.
The DT department within Prior Park College made 500 single use face visors (with cardboard head bands) for the RUH, and continue to make approximately 500 plastic framed face visors per day, which are being delivered to local GP surgeries, health centres and care homes.
The single use visors were made with the help of the Prior community after a plea for help with assembling the masks went out through the College Facebook pages. The response was phenomenal. Kits were dropped off at ‘out worker’ houses and then collected a few hours later so that completed visors were delivered to the RUH the same day.
The plastic visors are made from polypropylene and the removable face shield is made using an A4 PVC binding cover. By using plastic based materials it is hoped that these can be cleaned and reused.
Prior Park used its entire stock of materials in the first two days, but after a generous donation from a local company, was able to order more to continue production. Demand is outstripping supply, not only in the UK but globally. Head of DT, Mr Rob Faulkner, has received calls asking for help from Southampton to Manchester in the UK and South Africa, Australia and the US.
Mr Faulkner commented: “The feedback has been overwhelming. We logistically cannot supply to agencies outside our region so we are putting them in touch with schools in their areas that may be able to help. We are sharing our cutting files and instructions with those schools and with all our enquiries from overseas. We are also putting in a rota system at the College so our team can get some rest! Materials are running short and we are grateful to anyone who can contribute to these cost.”
A funding page has been set up to pay for more materials and already over £1000 has been donated, https://www.thepriorcommunity.co.uk/ppc-help-in-the-community-during-covid-19-crisis
A video showing how the visors are made can be viewed here below: