The South Bruce Grey Health Centre is asking the public for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Administrators there say supplies within the organization are currently adequate, but if support for healthcare workers is needed in preparation for increased cases of COVID-19.
In light of that they are asking for the following new, unused supplies:
Masks – surgical and N95
Disposable isolation gowns
Gloves – Examination or surgeons gloves (Vinyl/Nitrile)
Gloves – Nitrile Non-Medical Grade
Face shields (lightweight plastic)
Supplies can be dropped off at the Receiving Entrance at the Walkerton hospital between the of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (loading dock at the back of the Walkerton hospital can be accessed through the Main Entrance/Emergency Department parking lot).
They ask people to call ahead to arrange a time for drop-off (519-370-2403 or 519-370-2429).
They say they've also received offers from people in the community for handmade masks, gowns and head covers. They say it's important to note the hospital will continue to use its current supply of PPE as long as possible, and handmade items will only be used if it becomes necessary.
They say if you are considering a donation of handmade PPE to the hospital, here are some helpful guidelines:
Gowns: This is the most suitable type of PPE to be made locally, as all that is needed is a suitably impermeable/water-resistant fabric (e.g. ripstock nylon, polyurethane laminate).
Masks: Fabric masks do not filter enough particulates to be adequate protection for health care workers. However, a fabric mask could be used overtop of an N95 to protect from soilage/splatter to help extend the life of the mask.
Head covers: Head covers should also be made of an impermeable/water-resistant fabric.
The hospital group says it would like to thank the communities for its ongoing support. It has hospitals in Chesley, Durham, Kincardine and Walkerton.