Volunteer groups across the UK, calling themselves “For The Love Of Scrubs” have been set up nationally to source funds for sewing and distribution of essential NHS clothing. These scrubs, hats and other PPE are in short supply.
This comes after it has been revealed that NHS frontline workers can get through five pairs of scrubs in a single shift. Without the protective clothing nurses may put their families at risk when they return home from shifts.
Chanel Morrison-Jolley, coordinator of the Birmingham “For The Love of Scrubs” speaks frankly about her involvement in the Scrubs movement and why it is important to get involved.
Chanel, inspired by the Facebook Group “For the Love of Scrubs- Our NHS needs you” was determined to do her bit in helping NHS front line workers “I found just staying at home wasn’t enough!”
She continued “I identified that Birmingham Trusts and CCG arms (GPs and medical practices) mostly were not benefiting from the national Scrubs group. Without hesitation I put myself forward to co-ordinate the Birmingham area.”
The NHS is in short supply of PPE clothing as 400,000 protective gowns from Turkey have finally arrived in the UK after a delayed arrival.
The Birmingham volunteer further highlighted the essential work the volunteer group was doing to assist the NHS frontline “we accept direct requests from hospitals, GPs, care homes, end of life centres, which are in need of Scrubs urgently.”
The group’s work is vital to provide essential NHS clothing, Chanel suggested this “we have a wealth of volunteers who can deliver, cut fabric, make scrubs and cut patterns.”
Donations for the Scrubs volunteer movement have been set up via online fundraising pages such as Birmingham’s JustGiving page.
In the short period of time since the Birmingham group’s establishment over £2,000 has already been donated.
Chanel, highlighted the urgency of these funds “we have over 350 scrub requests and 2,800 bag request waiting”.
These funds are crucial to ensure that as many NHS staff as possible can be protected and their lives saved in the Birmingham area.
If you can help in anyway to Birmingham’s Scrubs campaign, visit their JustGiving page.