PPE for care homes remains scandalously lacking, while at least 21 homes in Devon are infected

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UnknownI am hearing new stories of shortages of PPE for care home staff in the local area, along the lines of the story on BBC Spotlight last night. I gather that new national systems are being established for routine supply of PPE to the health and care sector, but these are still not up and running.

Emergency drops

Recognising the difficulty, the Local Resilience Forum has had two emergency drops of PPE in the last week, which have been allocated to district councils and also to the CCG for primary care.  It has flown out of the door but Devon does have limited supplies available from this resource for homes which have less than two days’ supply left.

In case of emergency, ie less than three days supply remaining, care homes are advised to go to the National Supply Disruption Resource (NSDR) which is managed nationally.  However at least one care home were told that care homes would not be supplied through this route.

Homes infected

It seems we are still some weeks away from having a secure source of supply for the care sector. Meanwhile, the disease has been confirmed in 21 out of 400 or so care homes in Devon, which is probably an underestimate of the extent.

The only encouraging thing I have heard is that one patient from a local home was admitted to Intensive Care – contrary to national reports that care home patients are not being admitted – which seems to confirm the impression that the outbreak here is less severe and there is still capacity.

2 thoughts on “PPE for care homes remains scandalously lacking, while at least 21 homes in Devon are infected

    Carson, Chris said:
    April 15, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Martin could you kindly email me your piece on care homes and photo so we can use this in midweek herald many thanks Chris 01297 35122

    Sent from my iPhone


    […] been given, a much larger number of homes are now infected, roughly double the figures mentioned in my previous post. This confirms the desperate urgency of improving PPE for care home staff and ensuring that […]


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