More thanks are being offered to the local community from staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
During the peak months of the pandemic, many more staff needed to wear scrubs to work. This loosely-fitting uniform is worn by all staff in high-risk Covid areas – including nurses, doctors and housekeepers. This makes it easier to get changed after a shift, leaving the scrubs behind to be sent to the laundry and professionally cleaned. This reduces the risk of any staff member spreading the virus outside of their working areas, or taking it home to loved ones.
A national shortage of scrubs at this time was a result of the huge and sudden increase in demand. Sewing groups across the UK quickly mobilised networks of volunteers to step in and help.
Therese Patten, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy at the Trust explains: “Two local groups, ‘Formby and Southport Scrubbers’ and ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ got in touch to offer help. We were very fortunate to receive nearly 1000 sets of handmade, much needed scrubs for our staff.
“Without this help, we would have had a real struggle on our hands. I would like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of incredibly professional volunteers in these groups – who mobilised via Facebook at a time of national crisis. The kindness, ingenuity and desire to help that we saw day in, day out, for months, was truly inspirational.”