The government has launched a new website today for businesses who want to donate PPE, goods and services to frontline health staff in the Covid-19 fight.
The ‘Covid Supplies‘ site is a form for businesses and organisations to offer assistance in an organised way.
The government will use the site to create a central database of offers made to the whole of the public service, including the HSE.
Schools are also being asked to offer personal protective equipment (PPE) to be deployed across emergency services if required.
The new system comes as some healthcare staff have expressed concern with new deliveries of PPE this week. Staff in test centres, mobile ambulance units and hospitals have complained that some new equipment is not suitable and too small. Meanwhile, medical staff at Letterkenny University Hospital have said there is a severe shortage of both facemasks and goggles. The HSE said it has so far been tweaking the PPE order since the first shipment arrived from China.
The Office of Government Procurement says goods and services required by the health services are currently a priority in the new donation appeal.
Visit the Covid Supplies site at: gov.ie/covidsupplies