WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has now delivered a million personal protection equipment (PPE) items since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The authority’s deliveries have been vital to care homes, domiciliary care providers, social care staff, schools, GP surgeries, dentists and other organisations, enabling them to continue their key services during the crisis.
Deliveries have been made in response to almost 1,000 requests.
A total of £1.3 million has been spent by the council procurement team in response to Covid-19 to ensure PPE, food and accommodation is in place for those that need it.
Coun Karen May, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Transformation and Commissioning, described the efforts of the authority’s procurement team which has been supplying the items as ‘extraordinary’.
“They have played a huge part in helping keep key services going, by ensuring organisations have all they need to carry on.
“One million items delivered is a milestone we can look back on with real pride.
“Worcestershire has really pulled together and proved it really is Here 2 Help during this pandemic, and it has been wonderful to see everyone doing what they can.”
Part of the money spent has been used to help create a stockpile which will be available to be used in the response to any local outbreaks or if the supply of PPE is disrupted in the future.
The Council’s Procurement Team has worked alongside other council colleagues and partner organisations such as the NHS.