Royal Mail delivers PPE to key workers

Royal Mail has announced it is delivering large volumes of personal protective equipment (PPE) to key workers in care homes and GP surgeries. The postal operator is working with the MOD, eBay and Clipper Logistics to ensure deliveries are made to those in need.

The postal operator is handling the final mile phase of these deliveries, with postal delivery staff maintaining social distancing even in handing over packages to recipients.

Health Minister Jo Churchill said: “We are working around the clock to ensure that those fighting this virus have all the equipment they need.

“I want to say a huge thanks to Royal Mail, their postmen and postwomen and all of our partners, who as part of this national effort to help get PPE to the NHS and social care staff as quickly as possible, have been amazing in stepping up to the task.”

Jack Titterton, Care Home Manager at Church Farm Nursing Home in Cotgrave, said: “We received an email from the NHS with a link to access different types of PPE for our care home for free, delivered by Royal Mail. PPE is so important at the moment. It’s Public Health England guidance that we all have to wear face masks in the care home, to protect everyone that lives with us. All the staff here are fantastic and they’ve got to be protected as they’ve got families at home. We’ve got to protect everyone.”

David Gold, Director of Public Affairs and Policy at Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail continues to support the NHS and social care during the coronavirus crisis. We are already working closely with pharmacy companies and NHS trusts across the UK by delivering many prescriptions and hospital appointments and delivering testing kits. We wish to reiterate our thanks to the many NHS workers across the UK who are working tirelessly to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis.”