Protective clothing given to key NHS hospital
A consignment of protective clothing has been delivered to a major hospital for use by medical staff battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 10,000 pairs of plastic shoe covers were given to Watford General Hospital after an appeal for help.
The equipment was obtained from the stores at leisure centres run by St Albans City and District Council and managed on their behalf by contractors 1Life and Everyone Active.
Staff at the hospital have been on the frontline in dealing with a substantial number of cases during the public health emergency.
Maintaining supplies of Personal Protective Equipment which doctors and nurses need to wear while attending to patients has been a priority.
Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor issued a plea for support with the Council and its contractors responding with the overshoes delivery.
1Life runs Harpenden Leisure Centre and Batchwood Sports Centre while Everyone Active runs Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre.
The shoe covers are normally given to visitors to the centres to keep the floors of changing rooms and other areas free of dirt.
Councillor Anthony Rowlands, Portfolio Holder for Community, Sport and Leisure, said:
Watford General Hospital has had numerous cases of Covid-19 with staff working flat out to deal with the crisis.
They are in continuous danger of catching the virus themselves and need protective clothing to reduce that risk.
When an appeal went out for supplies, we responded as quickly as we could and have managed to help in a small but important way.
This is another example of the community coming together to help each other during this very challenging time. I am grateful to our contractors, 1Life and Everyone Active, for their prompt actions.