Falmouth University is making scrubs for NHS staff

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Falmouth University is making scrubs for NHS staff

Published at 3:46pm 6th May 2020.

Falmouth University’s Fashion and Textiles Institute is producing PPE for our NHS staff working on the frontline. 

In a collaboration with Cornwall Scrubs, the team are using their resources and skills to create NHS standard scrubs for the county's hospitals and key workers.

“We are really thrilled to be supporting Cornwall Scrubs, it feels good to be doing something positive with the professional-standard facilities that we have here at Falmouth. During these challenging times, while we can’t use them for teaching, they otherwise would have been sat dormant.

We are following stringent guidelines to make sure we’re doing the job safely and there has been a long risk assessment process. We can only have six colleagues in the space at once, so everyone is working really hard to ensure we produce as many sets as possible. It’s a privilege to be doing anything we can to help those that are doing amazing work in the healthcare frontlines.”

John Boddy, Head of Fashion & Textiles.

As well as working on the production of scrubs, John is also liaising with the South West Ambulance Service and a number of other organisations, including dentists and care homes, to make sure they're able to help as many people as possible. 

Falmouth Uni Scrubs 2

The whole process takes time, as regulator-approved fluid repellent fabric is in short supply. However, the FTI team are using their expertise to explore the possibility of evolving current single use gowns into multi-use/washable gowns, that would still offer full protection to the wearer.

Cornwall Scrubs is being led by Annie Lucas, owner of local pop-up sewing school Start to Stitch.

“With a team of 350 voluntary workers spread from Launceston to Penzance, trying to turn around high volumes during a time of global crisis with a national shortage of materials, it has been imperative to find ways to streamline and speed-up the pipeline to get the goods to those that desperately need them. 

The support of Falmouth University, with access to incredibly skilled staff and state of the art facilities, is of huge value to this process, and testament to the University's on-going commitment to support its local community. We are so grateful.”

Annie Lucas

But, with Falmouth University it doesn't just stop with scrubs, other areas of the university are also contributing.

Olly Hatfield, Senior Technician for 3D Printing and Scanning, has been using three 3D Ultimaker printers to produce face shield components for distribution to the NHS and essential services, reinforcing the fact that Falmouth University is doing all it can to help the local community at this time.

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