WEST Dorset MP Chris Loder has put out an appeal to help supply local hospitals with personal protective equipment.
Speaking yesterday, as Her Majesty the Queen addressed the nation, Mr Loder said he had his own appeal to make to West Dorset residents.
He has asked for help from anyone who can supply material or make scrubs for local hospital staff, adding that Bridport Community Hospital is currently “bearing the brunt” of coronavirus cases in Dorset.
Launching the ‘West Dorset Scrub Hub’, Mr Loder said: “We are experiencing unprecedented times which is putting resources under strain. We have a fast-growing number of people with coronavirus locally and I want to do all we can to support frontline medical and care professionals.
“We now have an army of volunteers across West Dorset who have joined our ‘Scrub Hub’ and are ready to sew – we just need donations of the appropriate fabric, or help with buying this, in order to help the project take off.
“So many constituents have asked what they can practically do to help – and making scrubs for those working so hard in our hospitals and care homes is a really good place to start. As we are all staying at home just now, this is a great opportunity to do something really valuable to help.”
Mr Loder added that the number of coronavirus cases in Dorset was now growing quite considerably, with the community hospital in Bridport “bearing the brunt” of this so far, with Dorchester not far behind and Sherborne being on standby.
“We have hotels that have been converted to be makeshift field hospitals and schools and colleges have now provided emergency accommodation for key healthcare workers, such as at Kingston Maurward College. This truly is a war-time effort,” he added.
“However, I am growing increasingly concerned about the availability of personal protective equipment for our doctors and nurses and I believe it is now time for us to do all that we can to help – directly.
The Friends of the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne has already answered the MP’s call to action, with a project to sew scrubs for the community hospital’s frontline staff, along with a donation of £1000 donation towards the effort.
The call to action reaches out to hospital friends, facebook groups, WI groups, sewing groups and individuals who have the technical or dressmaking skills required and who would like to make a difference. Patterns will be provided and help with materials too if needed.