We've worked with other local authorities in South Yorkshire to provide a position statement based on Public Health England’s (PHE) COVID-19: infection prevention and control excluding specialist scenarios (eg aerosol generating procedures).
We know that accessing suitable levels of PPE may be a challenge for those providing care in our community, and applying this guidance places an increased pressure on already stretched resources. The statement comes from a position of safety for care workers and those they care for, however we're aware that providers will also need to carry out their own risk assessment based on access to PPE.
To support the maintenance of supplies it's vital that PPE is not overused in either quantity or level of protection. PPE providing a higher level of protection must only be used where the prescribed PPE is not available, and social distancing guidance should be used wherever possible.
The South Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum have established a PPE supply and distribution cell that aims to tackle the issues providers are facing with the supply and quality of PPE.
How to request PPE
If you're a residential or domiciliary care provider who is CQC registered, please continue to source PPE through your existing suppliers or the national PPE portal in the first instance.
We have a limited supply of PPE from the Local Resilience Forum which can be requested for care workers across the sector. Care providers and people delivering care as a personal assistant (PA) can request PPE from us by filling in our online form below.
Requesting emergency PPE from us
To request PPE from us you:
- need to show that you've already tried to obtain PPE from existing suppliers, and provide evidence of this
- must need PPE to deliver care in line with the South Yorkshire position statement.
As our stocks are limited we can't guarantee being able to meet your request and we may need to prioritise requests according to those carrying the highest risk.
Please make sure the PPE is used in accordance with available guidance and only order a maximum of seven days' supply. We may need to issue you with a lesser amount to make sure we can manage our stock appropriately.
If we can approve your request we'll notify you within 24 hours and PPE will be available for you to collect on the same day.