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Coronavirus: Plymouth Art College and Makers HQ join forces to make curtains into scrubs

Coronavirus: Plymouth Art College and Makers HQ join forces to make curtains into scrubs

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:00pm 13th April 2020.

Students and staff at Plymouth Art College and a fashion textiles sampling studio have joined forces to come up with a unique way to help NHS staff working on the front line, caring for coronavirus patients. 

Makers HQ has taken delivery of the curtains, usually used around patient beds on hospital wards, and is cutting a preparing the material.

The material is then passed to fashion students from Plymouth College of Art who then create scrubs and other protective clothing from the curtains, from their homes using machinery loaned by Makers HQ.

Makers HQ - surgery curtains for turning into NHS scrubs
Makers HQ - surgery curtains for turning into NHS scrubs

The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the NHS across the country has increased the demand for regular medical workwear and scrubs as health workers are forced to repeatedly change their clothes throughout the day to avoid passing on the virus.

“This is a difficult time for our business as we’ve had to pause most of our operations and furlough some staff. At the same time, we want to do everything we can to help the NHS, and it’s great that we’ve been able to draw on our partnership with Plymouth College of Art to support on this project.

“Our hope is that we can coordinate with all the relevant bodies so that we can help the NHS on a bigger scale, while also being able to sustain our business and put more of our employees back to work.”

Sophie Glover, Studio Manager at Makers HQ

Makers HQ - surgery curtains for turning into NHS scrubs
Makers HQ - surgery curtains for turning into NHS scrubs

 

 

Makers HQ - surgery curtains for turning into NHS scrubs
Sophie Glover, Studio Manager at Makers HQ - modelling scrub, front

"As the COVID-19 global pandemic evolves, we are immensely proud of the way our staff and students have rallied together, from rapidly prototyping PPE inn our Fab Lab to mobalising students and local makers to construct protectives gowns for NHS practitioners."

Spokesperson at Plymouth College of Art

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