Centralising our stock of PPE, and new supplies received.

City of Wolverhampton have been Centralising our stock of PPE, and receiving new supplies.

In these days of the Covid-19 crisis, it is good to be informed by the City Council that the organisation and the resilience being shown is having some useful effect.

The City Council in a recent briefing informed your Wednesfield North Councillors that –
“Last week, we shared our plans to combine all PPE across our services into a central stock, offering us the control needed to ensure that our frontline staff most at need of this equipment could continue to work safely. This has now been agreed, and work to centralise our stock will begin on Tuesday. With the national shortage, we have been responding to local requests for additional PPE from care providers and funeral directors in the city and have been able to meet all of the requests received to date.

Over the weekend, we made a bid for additional PPE to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, via the Local Resilience Forum. This was successful, and we are expecting the following supplies to be with us over the next couple of days:

• 37,307 aprons;
• 93,267 pairs of gloves;
• 18,653 type IIR masks;
• 933 FFP3 masks;
• 233 sets of cleaning equipment; and
• 466 clinical waste bags.

Whilst some of the numbers may sound a lot, this supply is unlikely to last more than a few days for some key areas such as gloves/IIR masks particularly with the number of providers in the city and the amount of people they support. If you do know of anyone who is happy to supply us with any of the equipment listed above we would be very keen to hear from you.

We are hugely grateful to Fosun International, the company who own Wolverhampton Wanderers, for their donation of 4000 fluid resistant face masks to bolster our stocks. Our comms team are working on a plan to acknowledge their support through our social media channels over the coming days.

Councillor Phil Bateman added “All three of your Wednesfield North Councillors Rita Potter,Mary Bateman and I want to place on record the huge thanks we owe to everyone who is working so hard to protect and save our citizens and our City from the ravages of this Corona Virus. It is with out doubt a dangerous, yet unseen foe that is causing damage and disaster across the World not just here in our City. Yet all three of us are very much in awe of the brave volunteers who have given their time freely to work alongside our own City workforce, who are doing so much to organise the defence of our loved ones, and the society that we have nurtured and grown here in this City over hundreds of years.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more