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Informal carers offered access to free PPE supplies

Date Published: 16 February 2021
COVID spread

Informal carers across Rutland can now access free stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Informal carers provide care on an unpaid basis, often to family members. Some will provide a few hours of care each week, perhaps doing the shopping for someone who finds it difficult to get out of the house. Others will provide round-the-clock care and companionship.

Rutland County Council has received additional stocks of PPE through the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Local Resilience Forum (LRF). Stocks include hand sanitiser, gloves, aprons and face masks, and are specifically intended for informal carers.

The Council has set up a distribution hub at its Brighways Centre in Oakham and is encouraging local carers to get in touch to place an order. Informal carers can place their PPE order and book a collection slot by contacting the administrative team at the Brightways Centre. This can be done by emailing: adixon@rutland.gov.uk. 

“We’re pleased to be able to offer free PPE supplies to informal carers in Rutland. Carers play a vital role in supporting people with additional or complex needs. Easier access to PPE will help them with day-to-day tasks by reducing the risk of virus transmission.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

Supplies of PPE will continue to be made available for informal carers in Rutland, who will be able to repeat orders and collections going forward.

Anyone with questions about how to access free PPE for informal carers can email: adixon@rutland.gov.uk or tthurley@rutland.gov.uk

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