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UKATA Members Aid the NHS with the COVID-19 Fight

Thursday 23rd April 2020

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, UKATA members have sprung to aid and assist the NHS in the COVID-19 fight.

Read their uplifting stories of support below:

MBO Safety Services Ltd

MBO Safety Services Limited have announced that they are supporting their local NHS hospital, the Robert Jones Agnes and Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.

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On Friday 27 March 2020, the staff at MBO Safety Services started working day and night shifts, plus throughout the weekend to face-fit test NHS staff.

They do however require fit test solution and all are invited to donate by sending an email to info@mbo.ltd so suitable arrangements can be made or alternatively you can share their Facebook post by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/MBOSafetyServices/

DCUK FM

Helping NHS doctors and nurses to stay safe, DCUK FM have kindly donated RPE and PPE to two hospitals in Cambridge and London.

The first hospital to receive donations was Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London, where 30 half masks and filters along with 200 coveralls were kindly donated.

Furthermore, 50 disposable coveralls, 20 eye protection goggles and glasses, 1000 surgical gloves and 250 overshoes were donated to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

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In addition to donating RPE and PPE, DCUK FM also assisted the Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust further. DCUK were called as the Trusts sole asbestos contractor to carry out the decontamination of a ceiling with AIB within, so that services could be run through the void to allow for a new recovery ward for coronavirus patients in the Guys Hospital.

The new ventilation system as well as a complete refurbishment was required. To allow this to take place DCUK had to apply for a waiver to the HSE, which was granted on the eve of the removal.

The works were completed successfully over split shifts, which facilitated the ward refurbishment.

In St Thomas Hospital, due to DCUK’s remediation experience within the service ducts below the hospital, they were required to assist in the installation of new oxygen lines to several wings throughout the basement service ducts.

DCUK’s requirement was to control confined space access and egress on a daily basis.

The new oxygen lines were required to facilitate the extra capacity for coronavirus wards in the hospital.

DCUK FM also have a Just Giving page where you can donate to help NHS staff and volunteers here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dcukfm-covid19-appeal

Asbestos Training Ltd

To assist the NHS throughout this difficult time, Asbestos Training Ltd are offering all NHS maintenance staff free Asbestos Awareness and Asbestos Awareness Refresher E-Learning courses.

The hospitals and the wards still require emergency maintenance and as such this may involve working in areas where asbestos may be present. They can ensure that training is up to date and protect the very important maintenance work that is being undertaken to ensure wards, hospitals and other key locations can still operate.

Any NHS maintenance department or personnel can make use of this free training.

Please find out more information by emailing info@asbestostraininglimited.co.uk or by calling 01763 787150 Option 1 or 3.

Bradley Environmental Consultants Ltd

Bradley Environmental Consultants, have responded to the urgent need for help and is working in partnership with Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust at both City Hospital and Sandwell General Hospital in the West Midlands.

Bradley Environmental have successfully sourced and delivered over 500 half face respirators and 3,500 FFP3 filters for NHS medical staff and key workers, to supplement what the NHS supply chain has been able to deliver in this period of unprecedented demand for PPE.

A team of Bradley assessors are now on site face fit testing and have carried out over 1000 face fit tests, whilst training the Trust’s staff how to wear and maintain the respiratory protective equipment they have issued, keeping them safe. They are working in close with NHS team leaders to co-ordinate and supplement the efforts of the NHS’ own face fitting personnel.

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Company Director, Chaz Reeves said: “I am extremely proud to support Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, they have been one of our key clients for many years and now is the time to give something back”.

"The efforts of our staff to successfully deliver this urgent requirement just shows how people are going above and beyond to support our beloved NHS during this time of crisis. This is probably the most important work our company has ever carried out”.

The dedicated front-line team from Bradley Environmental Consultants will remain at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust for as long as they are needed, and we will continue to provide this vital service.

Keltbray

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Keltbray, have been working on the Nightingale Hospital ExCel support project in conjunction with Lend Lease, Wilson James and the Royal Engineers.

They have been working to prepare land and build a surface car park for circa 2000 NHS cars, close to the Nightingale Hospital at ExCel, in order to support the NHS and the vital work they are doing.