Coronavirus - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Our care staff use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when delivering care to some of our most vulnerable people.
When we use PPE
PPE is important to ensure the safety of those both giving and receiving care. There are, however, times that we won't use PPE in line with national guidance.
All of our care workers follow the government guidance on using PPE which can be read on the government's website. We would never put our carers or our most vulnerable people into unsafe situations. The guidance around primary, outpatient and community carers is particularly important.
PPE for unpaid/informal carers
The government has agreed to provide access to PPE (gloves, masks and aprons) to unpaid/informal carers, free of charge from us.
If you care for someone in their own home, it is not compulsory for you to use PPE, but as part of the overall efforts to reduce transmission of the virus it is now recommended by the government that unpaid carers should follow the same PPE procedures recommended for domiciliary care workers.
This is particularly important if you are providing personal care, or the person you care for is frail or on the shielded patient list. You can find out more information about using PPE while caring for people in their own homes on the government’s website.
If you are an unpaid/informal carer and would like to access our stock of free PPE, please contact Warrington’s carers service – Wired Carers – via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01925 633 492, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.