Ringwood care homes and local hospitals receive vital PPE from RCA
Ringwood Coronavirus Assistance has delivered PPE equipment made by the community and local businesses to Ringwood care homes and local hospitals.
Local Bournemouth University student Ben Butler, persuaded Poole-based manufacturer, AGI, where he is doing a placement, to put its 3D printers to good use and make visors for frontline workers, with the elastic for the visors being provided by Ringwood Fabrics. And, local sewing bees, co-ordinated by Ringwood Actions for Climate Emergency (RACE), have been making reusable masks and washable kit bags.
Over 1000 kit bags have been made and provided to NHS and other frontline staff at Southampton Hospital, Bournemouth Hospital, Salisbury Hospital, the Ringwood Ambulance Service and local care homes. The reusable masks are not suitable for NHS frontline staff and so they are issued to RCA volunteers and local care homes.
AGI is a globally recognised manufacturer of instruments and systems for Defence and Civil markets. To date it has made over 250 visors, of which 100 have been delivered to local care homes by RCA including Oak Mount and Whitegates. Although not CE certified, these visors are being used by frontline NHS staff.