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6,000 visors made - and our Denise really delivers

District nursing sister teams up school to distribute vital equipment to frontline colleagues

6,000 visors made - and our Denise really delivers
29 May 2020

It has been the most extraordinary effort which has seen 6,000 visors produced and distributed to frontline NHS and social care staff.

In March, Anneli Lombard and her colleagues began making the visors at Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon.

Knowing that they were needed by NHS staff, Anneli contacted her friend Denise Mallas, district nursing sister with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

From there, the two of them came up with a plan to distribute them to the staff at CPFT, along with colleagues at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which is run by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, as well as GPs surgeries, care homes and hospices across the area.

Five days a week for the last two months, Anneli and her team have produced the visors – and Denise has collected them and then taken them to wherever they were needed.

Denise, who fitted the incredible logistical effort around her role with CPFT’s Out Of Hours Nursing Service, said: “I can’t thank Anneli and everyone at Hinchingbrooke School enough. When this started, I couldn’t have imagined they would go on to make 6,000 visors.
"I know everyone at CPFT and wherever else we have taken them to has been incredibly grateful.”

Anneli, Head of Creativity at the school, said: “Hinchingbrooke School is a community, we all know people who work in the healthcare sector - friends, family, parents and we were determined to support in whatever way we could.
“I am privileged and proud to work with such a dedicated and creative group of staff.”

The school has now closed its production line due to all visors now needing to be stamped with safety kitemark.

CPFT employs more than 4,000 staff who provide community physical healthcare for older people and those with long-term conditions, mental healthcare for children and adults, children’s health services in Peterborough, learning disability support and social care support.


ENDS

For more information please contact:
Andy Burrows
Interim Deputy Head of Communications
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

 

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