Medical school answers hospital call for help

Dr Claire Smith, BSMS

The University has answered a call for help from the NHS to provide essential personal protective equipment for frontline workers responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) has donated more than 1,000 gowns, several thousand gloves and more than 100 eye goggles to be used by staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A further 100 gowns, 1,000 gloves and eye goggles have been donated to a GP practice.

Medical school staff have responded quickly to urgent calls for assistance from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and a GP practice in Sussex.

The response follows on from an announcement last week that 16 University of Sussex staff and students will act as bank staff at NHS Diagnostics Lab at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

BSMS students will also be assisting by providing childcare to NHS staff working during the crisis.

Professor Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy at BSMS, said: “At such a difficult time, we must all look to how we can support our colleagues and donating much needed PPE was one way we could quickly help.”

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is a partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton together with NHS organisations throughout the South East region.

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