Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Bishopsgate has continued to adapt and maintain the provision of essential logistics across the UK, helping to ensure that critical services and products can reach all end-users of the healthcare supply chain.
And now, Bishopsgate is doing more to help protect those who are at risk from the virus, including NHS and care-home staff and its own employees, with the introduction of full-face visors for crews entering care homes and similar sites.
Graham Jarvis, Bishopsgate’s New Business Development Manager, said: “The use of face visors for our crews not only provides an important physical barrier, but also helps people to feel safer when the crews enter care homes or other places which are protecting and treating the vulnerable.”
The full-face visors are re-usable and will be sanitised following all site visits. Customers requiring this additional level of safety and security should please request it in advance of their delivery.
This service is mainly for (but not restricted to) our healthcare customers – so any Bishopsgate customer can request this use of extra personal protective equipment (PPE). The enhancement will support existing procedures employed by Bishopsgate to ensure protection of staff and customers alike, including:
- Crews will maintain a minimum two-metre social distance at every delivery
- Crews carry personal hand sanitiser and will wash/sanitise their hands before, during and after every delivery
- Crews have access to facemasks and disposable gloves
- Crews will self-sign the personal digital assistant (PDA)
- Crews carry sanitising wipes and regularly wipe down objects or surfaces including PDAs, steering wheel, door handles, etc
Graham wanted to encourage the use of protective visors after chatting with customers, and then hearing about his nephews’ involvement in a charity project at South Wirral High School, where the pupils have been making face shields to support their local NHS.
Graham said: “I’m very proud of my nephews Oliver [above, left], and Dylan, and the work they’re doing to help the NHS. The pupils are using plastic folders and acetate to produce the face shields in the school’s design and technology department – such a simple and effective solution.
“The children desperately want to do their bit to help, but this fantastic project relies on donations to buy basic materials so the school has set up a GoFundMe page.”
If you can help the children of South Wirral High School, please use this link to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-friends-of-south-wirral