As part of its drive to support the NHS during coronavirus pandemic, the University of Leicester has donated thousands of essential items for hospital staff, such as masks, disposable aprons, handwash, sanitiser and gloves, and lent medical equipment worth £100,000 to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
Laboratories were cleared to donate vital items needed by frontline hospital staff, particularly personal protective equipment (PPE) items, which are in increasingly short supply within the NHS.
Thousands of items were donated from the University to the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), to be used at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) and the Leicestershire Partnership Trust, based at Loughborough Hospital.
In addition, the University’s Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI) has lent £100,000 worth of liquid handling equipment (Viaflo Assist, Viaflo 96 and twelve Viaflo multichannel pipettes) to the Leicester Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory to assist with processing COVID-19 diagnostic samples.
The University of Leicester is also encouraging staff and students to volunteer and support the national response to COVID-19.
Professor Philip Baker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Life Sciences, Dean of Medicine said: “The University of Leicester is proud to be doing all it can to support the vital work of our NHS colleagues during this unprecedented time of national need.
“The NHS has an overwhelming job in front of it – our dedicated staff and students are determined to put the care of patients first and help in whatever capacity they can. This is about being prepared, organised and trained to support where we can.”