Requesting COVID-19 (coronavirus) personal protective equipment (PPE)

South Yorkshire PPE position statement

We've worked with other local authorities in South Yorkshire to provide the position statement below 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

For providers who are CQC registered, please continue to source PPE through your existing suppliers and escalate supply issues to the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) helpline on 0800 915 9964 (open 24 hours a day, seven days a week).

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 tried the options described above to obtain PPE;
  • need PPE to deliver care in line with the South Yorkshire position statement.

As our stocks are limited we cannot guarantee being able to meet your request and we may need to prioritise requests according to those carrying the highest risk. Due to the number of providers and PAs working across the borough our PPE stock could deplete quickly and we don't have any guarantee it will continue to be replenished.

Please make sure the PPE is used in accordance with available guidance and only order a maximum of seven days' supply. As we cannot guarantee requests will be met, 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.