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University of Bradford donates PPE kit and entire stock of ethanol to local hospitals and care homes

University of Bradford has donated hundreds of pieces of protective eye wear, masks and its current stock of ethanol for cleaning medical equipment to local care facilities and hospitals.

Plans are also underway to supply dozens more personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns, shoe protection and more eye wear, as part of the national effort to support our NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prof Alastair Goldman, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, said: “We have already donated around 100 litres of ethanol, which can be used to keep vital equipment in intensive care units clean. We have also supplied over a hundred pieces of protective eye wear. We are going to be sending out more in the near future.”

The university has a stock of such equipment for use in teaching students safely when using chemicals or biological materials.

Prof Goldman added: “It’s important to make it as easy as possible for the people on the front line of the health service to do their jobs.”

It is hoped the donations will assist medics at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital.

Steve Wiggins, head of health, safety and security at the university, is at the centre of efforts to redistribute the materials. He said the university was part of the District Gold Team, along with the NHS and emergency services, which forms part of the emergency planning process in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

He said the university recently responded to a call for PPE masks and eye wear from Bradford City Council and that about 100 litres of ethanol was delivered to Bradford Royal Infirmary last week, adding plans were in place to provide further such materials in the near future to both BRI and Airedale General Hospital.

The university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Shirley Congdon, said: “It is so important that all of us in Bradford do the best we can to meet this enormous challenge. I’m glad we are able to redirect some of our stocks to support front-line services. We will make every effort to support our city and our communities through this emergency and beyond.”