In the news: Oxford Mail, 16 April 2020

GP makes urgent appeal for PPE

Dr Paul Ch’en’s appeal. Lead story in the Oxford Mail.

Placed by Rod Macrae, Positively Media.

“A GP is appealing for help from people in Oxford to get better personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff in surgeries and nurses making home visits during the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr Paul Ch’en, from the Jericho Health Centre on Walton Street, said the equipment provided by NHS England was ‘highly inappropriate and an insult to the medical profession’ and did not provide adequate defence against COVID-19.

NHS England guidelines state primary care workers should have plastic aprons, surgical masks, eye protection and gloves for any direct contact or care of possible and confirmed cases.

However, the World Health Organisation recommendations are for a greater level of protection including a respiratory mask, eyewear, a coverall and headcover.

Dr Ch’en said: “There is a sense of resignation amongst GP colleagues about what the NHS should actually be providing us with in terms of PPE gear (WHO standard).

“This is notwithstanding the shortages in even the downgraded PPE gear that is clearly inappropriate and most likely costing lives on the front line.

“Many GP practices have not been given any eye protection and the boxes containing the surgical masks say they are out of date and we’ve been issued flimsy plastic aprons.”

Doctors’ Association UK has set up a tracker app to assess frontline shortages.

It has received input from more than 1,500 medics from 250 hospitals and GP practices across the UK.”


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