Leeds schools donate science goggles to NHS as nurse pleads for more PPE
A nurse has urged Leeds schools to donate science goggles to the NHS - as our healthcare heroes report shortages of vital protection on the front line.
Lawnswood School, Brigshaw High School and Garforth Academy have all donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Leeds GPs to help in the fight against coronavirus.
Jill Harrison-White, 48, works as an A&E nurse practitioner and called for urgent help from other schools and local businesses.
The mum-of-two said: "As an ex-Garforth girl who currently lives and works away in a frontline position for the NHS, in A&E, I am asking for help.
"It is widely known that PPE is in short supply.
"Something simple that schools could be supplying to our NHS locally and nationally right now is science goggles - currently unused and sat in empty classrooms.
"You would be helping the NHS right now in our hour of need.
"Please ask schools to volunteer, donating them to their nearest hospital, where all staff need adequate PPE."
The British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that doctors' and nurses' lives are still being put at risk by a lack of PPE.
A snapshot survey of almost 2,000 medics showed that large numbers of doctors are still expected to care for Covid-19 patients with little or no PPE.
Some 65% said they did not have access to eye protection and Jill praised the Leeds schools which have already donated vital equipment.
Garforth Academy donated face shields, goggles and face masks to Garforth Medical Practice last week.
The donations were gratefully received by nurses and GPs at the practice, who stressed how vital the equipment is in their role.
Louise Hughes, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Garforth Medical Practice, said in a video message to patients: "PPE is vital to our role and we wouldn't be able to do our jobs without it.
"Thank you very much to Garforth Academy, we're really grateful. It allows us to do our job, as it protects us and protects patients.
"Also a shout out to Brigshaw High School who have kindly donated a load of gloves and aprons today."
Lawnswood School has also donated science and design and technology equipment to the NHS to support Leeds GPs visiting patients out in the community.
The school donated 192 goggles, gloves and aprons to GPs on the frontline.
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