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London coronavirus: Lewisham hospice’s urgent plea for donated swimming goggles to protect staff and patients

A South London end of life care hospice took the step of asking for donations of swimming, cycling or science lab goggles to protect its staff and patients from Covid-19.

A social media post from St Christopher’s Hospice, Lewisham, from April 3 asked for donated surgical masks, gloves and aprons as well as goggles.

It read: “You may have heard that there are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages across the UK and we are struggling to secure the necessary supplies to keep our patients, nurses and doctors safe.

Coronavirus: ExCeL Centre planned as NHS field hospital

The ExCel conference centre in London will begin treating Covid-19 patients within days, it has been announced.

Unveiling the plan yesterday (24 Mar), Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said the 100,000 square metre dockland site would be converted into two wards, each equipped to care for 2,000 patients.

The makeshift hospital has been named ‘NHS Nightingale’, after the statistician and pioneer of modern medicine, Florence Nightingale.

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