Two Belfast firms have teamed up alongside a taxi firm to build and deliver 4,000 face visors to frontline healthcare workers across the UK and Ireland.
Locate A Locum has teamed up with Belfast-based medical technology company Axial 3D to create and deliver the visors, alongside Belfast taxi service FonaCab, which is volunteering to deliver the face shields free of charge.
“It was crucial for us to secure face visors for the healthcare workforce who are continuing to work tirelessly to serve the community,” Jonathon Clarke, chief executive of Locate a Locum, says.
“It makes me proud to be a pharmacist and I am overwhelmed how the pharmacy profession has reacted to this challenge. Pharmacy teams and other healthcare professionals, including the amazing staff in care homes are willing to put their own health at risk to ensure the health of their patients remains first priority. It is great for us to be able to give something back and help in some ways.”
And Daniel Crawford, founder of Axial 3D, said: “Using our skills and equipment to 3D print and injection mould face shields is just a small way to combat this crisis, and to ensure our front line workers have the equipment they need to safely carry out their jobs. By teaming up with Locate A Locum, we are ensuring that pharmacists, locums and social care workers will have access to these face shields, kindly donated by our crowdfunder supporters."
William McCausland of FonaCab, said: “At FonaCab we have always done our best to support our local communities, whether with sports sponsorship, raising funds and awareness for charities or investing in local neighbourhood development.
“Now, perhaps more than ever, we all need to come together as communities, whether local or business, to support our NHS and healthcare workers, our pharmacy teams and so many others working at the frontline to keep us safe in these challenging times. We are delighted to have been approached, and to be able to add our resources to this generous initiative and would like to thank all those involved in making it happen.”