Midlands housebuilder Davidsons Homes has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to help Royal Derby Hospital in its battle against COVID-19.
The equipment, which includes FFP3 respiratory face masks, will be used by staff at the hospital treating Coronavirus patients.
There are currently 764 confirmed Coronavirus cases across Derby and Derbyshire, according to the latest figures supplied by the government.
Plans are being put in place to quadruple the number of intensive care beds across Royal Derby Hospital and Queens Hospital in Burton.
James Wilson, Group Managing Director of Davidsons Homes, said the company was inspired to give the equipment to Royal Derby Hospital because the daughter of an employee is a nurse in the Coronary Care Unit.
He said: “In a time of crisis, it’s down to every company and every individual to do their part. We’re proud to support the people’s NHS, and very thankful for the dedicated work of the frontline staff at Royal Derby Hospital and hospitals across the UK.”
The NHS launched the ‘Plea for PPE’ last week, calling for donations of PPE to UK hospitals and surgeries, where supplies are still limited.
Construction companies were urged to donate “commonplace” items in their industry such as masks, eye protection and disposable overalls to help fight the virus.
Construction and related firms can help with masks (normal surgical masks and FFP2 & FFP3 rated masks and respirators); eye and face protection (goggles, safety spectacles, full face masks) and disposable suits.
James Wilson said: “We will continue to help with this vital equipment wherever we can and would join the call to other companies to support our NHS and help save lives.”