SRUC supplies care homes with vital PPE

Scotland’s Rural College has donated supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS, care homes and charities across the country to support them in the fight against COVID-19.

PPE has been collected from the SRUC teams based at the Oatridge, Barony and Edinburgh campuses, Easter Howgate farm, the Roslin Institute at the Bush Estate and Inverness. The donations include thousands of pairs of latex gloves and hundreds of pairs of surgical gloves and shoe covers, as well as aprons, face masks and hand sanitiser.

Scott Mitchell, a technician from the engineering team at Oatridge, co-ordinated a campus-wide collection with colleagues from the Animal Care and Horticulture and Landscaping departments. The supplies were then dropped off at three local care homes in Broxburn, Uphall and Linlithgow. Scott said:

“As we’ve all seen, care homes are being hit particularly hard by this awful virus. We had all this PPE sitting around and we have no use for it just now, so I felt we could donate it and try to make a difference.”

Colleagues at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus have also been busy collecting various items of PPE. A car full of supplies was picked up by Ann Charles, a healthcare assistant from Marie Curie, which supports families living with a terminal illness. Ann said:

“Marie Curie is experiencing the same issues with PPE as our partners in the NHS and community care. We can only relieve pressure on the NHS by caring for dying people, with and without coronavirus, at home and in our hospices if we have the right PPE equipment available.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to SRUC for this generous donation.”