Staff at Swansea University have rallied together to provide essential items to their local hospital to support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Staff from the Medical School and colleges of Science and Engineering quickly gathered 100,000 gloves as well as masks, aprons and goggles and delivered them to Singleton Hospital.
Professor Cathy Thornton, deputy head of the Medical School, said:
“We are still gathering as many items as possible. As we wind down all but non-critical research activity at the University we took the opportunity to donate these items to the NHS rather than have them languishing on our shelves.”
Jan Worthing, director of Singleton Hospital, added:
“This is a wonderful gesture from University staff. These items will be a big help to our teams at this challenging time”.
The Medical School and the College of Human and Health Sciences are making their joint clinical skills suite available to the local Health Board.
The Aneurin Bevan Clinical Skills Suite, which was formerly Ward 10 of Singleton Hospital, was taken over by Swansea University in September last year to enable medics, nurses and other health professional to be taught in a realistic setting.
Professor Keith Lloyd, Head of the Medical School, said:
“The suite was realised because of the amazing collaborative partnership we have as a University with the local NHS. Now in these unprecedented times we are delighted to be able to support the Health Board in their tireless work at the moment.”
Professor Ceri Phillips, Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences, added:
“We are delighted to be able to respond quickly and positively to the request from the Health Board to support their contingency planning by making the former Ward 10 available.
“University staff worked over the weekend to remove all educational equipment and materials to ensure the Health Board could occupy the space as a matter of urgency.”
The Medical School has also decided to close the clinical skills labs in Morriston and Singleton for the time being so we can make them available to the NHS wards for NHS staff training.