Textile machine soft light

Northumbria NHS PPE factory produces two million gowns

An initiative set up by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which saw the trust establish its own PPE factory to produce gowns for frontline staff, has now produced more than two million items of protective clothing for the NHS.

Using local connections and leasing a warehouse in Cramlington from a nearby firm, the trust established its manufacturing and distribution hub for personal protective equipment (PPE) at the height of national shortages and since May has been producing gowns for use by NHS Staff across the North East of England.

The trust has now revealed the hard work of its staff and volunteers has now seen more than 2.2 million gowns created and distributed to protect NHS staff throughout the region.

The initial target when setting up the PPE factory was to produce around 6,000 gowns a week. The mixture of volunteers and paid workers have made gowns, theatre hoods and scrubs during the past six months, with plans to branch out and produce further in-need products in the coming weeks and months.

Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sir James Mackey, said: "It’s incredible to see how far we have come in such a short space of time since the opening of our Northumbria manufacturing and distribution hub.

"Across this six-month period there has been over 2.2 million gowns produced, which have gone on to help protect our frontline teams here in our trust and across the region from coronavirus.

"The pandemic has undoubtedly proved challenging, but the determination, commitment and resilience of our NHS workforce in our region has been admirable. We’re thankful to everyone who has helped to make this happen."

The Northumbria Manufacturing and Distribution Hub forms part of a wider network of business, which has grown after the trust asked for help to boost protective grown supplies. The network now includes dozens of factories and businesses.

Having extended its production past its initial three-month period, the trust now hopes it can continue beyond the coronavirus pandemic to ensure a more sustainable and local supply of protective gowns is available, as well as supporting the local economy to regrow.

The trust’s Director of Finance, Paul Dunn, and local textile industry expert Sarah Rose joined us a few months back on NHE’s Finger on the Pulse podcast to discuss how establishing the factory came about. Listen below:

NHE Sept/Oct 21

NHE Sept/Oct 21

Improving care for long-term conditions

Join us in our September/October edition of National Health Executive, as we explore a range of topics impacting and improving the care that we can deliver to patients, the facilities within which we deliver them, and the opportunities in the digital space to accent and evolve our care capabilities

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Festival: Digital Healthcare

The integration of new technology, such as using virtual outpatient appointments instead of face-to-face reviews of patients in the hospital. Adapting the ways in which our NHS workers serve people has been critical in continuing to provide high-quality treatment, a positive patient experience and preventing Covid-19 transmission during the pandemic. Our healthcare sector has the potential to transform the way we continue to provide essential services while also improving patient care. But how easy is the integration of these innovations into routine NHS practice?

On the 28th of October, at the NHE365 Virtual Hospitals & Technology Enabled Care online event, we will be discussing patient flow and experience, reducing waiting times, reducing the patient backlog and increasing technology adoption. Will you be attending? 

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all