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Lorn and Islands Hospital has kept its stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) well within safe levels throughout the coronavirus crisis, says its co-ordinators.
In charge of it is Physiotherapy Assistant Practitioner Jenny Dairon and Theatre and Endoscopy Sister Iona MacCallum who were deployed from their usual jobs to become trained PPE Champions.
Their task is to source supplies that meet national standards and then make sure a system runs smooth to get it to the departments that needed it, from washable clogs for all staff in the COVID Red Zone or enough hand gel as demand dramatically increased.
Making sure all workers from radiographers to porters, nurses to canteen workers feel confident and safe wearing PPE and know how to wear it, is also part of their job.
At the start of the pandemic it was Advanced Nurse Practitioner Sarah Addison who stepped in to start PPE stock rolling in and her initial work was critical, said Sister MacCallum who was interviewed by Britt Doughty-Godchaux for The Oban Times.
Coronavirus meant all but the most urgent theatre cases were cancelled and close proximity one-to-one rehabilitation work with patients was impossible which freed up Sister MacCallum and physio assistant Dairon’s skills for their new essential role
‘This coming together of expertise and experience, talents and willingness has meant that Lorn & Islands Hospital has kept its stock well within safe levels throughout this crisis. Thanks to the work of
Iona and Jenny and the teams they collaborate with around them, this will continue into the future,’ said Britt.
The hospital is also grateful to individuals and local businesses who have made donations of masks, hats, alcohol gel and visors to help keep staff protected.
Donated PPE must adhere to national standards for it to be used in the hospital setting.