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Trusts to ‘run out of gowns this weekend’

London trusts have been warned not to expect deliveries of gowns from the national supply chain for at least the next few days, HSJ understands.

Without central deliveries, providers risk running out of gowns ahead of the Easter weekend. Trusts will have to rely on existing supplies and any new stock they procure independently. 

Staff performing or assisting aerosol-generating procedures on confirmed or suspected covid-19 patients should wear gowns, according to the latest guidance from Public Health England.

But supplies have been an issue for weeks, with trust procurement leads raising concerns about dwindling gown stocks last month. It recently emerged that gowns were not included in national pandemic stockpiles, unlike other forms of personal protective equipment like masks and gloves.

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Source: HSJ, 9 April 2020


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