Providing PPE to NHS personnel

One of our former pupils, George Dzavaryan (Class of 2016), has been manufacturing and distributing much needed face shields from the Latymer Design labs. George, his brother Alex and Finlay White (Class of 2018) have been joined by ten fellow Latymerians. Robert Grylls (Class of 2012), Milo Keating-Aboud (Class of 2013), Lucy Beard (Class of 2015), Henry Hall (Class of 2015), Will Bond (Class of 2016), Jack Healey (Class of 2016), Emmanuel Shaul (Class of 2016), Ness Edward Sutherland-Dodd (Class of 2016), Ellie Fritz (Class of 2017) and Emile Faure (Class of 2018) have all volunteered their time to produce PPE. Already, more than 46,773 face masks have been delivered free of charge to 62 different destinations.  

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George and his team have been working with another Latymerian, Asha Dave (Class of 2016), to distribute the visors through Med Supply Drive, a voluntary organisation that allocates PPE where it is most needed in the NHS. We have also donated our own equipment, 350 safety goggles and 2,100 mixed gloves from the science and design departments to St George's Hospital and the Primary Care Hub at Brook Green Medical Centre.

Lower Sixth pupil, Omar, and his family have been involved in making a new PPE product for the NHS in order to keep doctors and nurses safe during surgical procedures on Covid-19 patients. The St George’s Covid shield provides additional protection for NHS theatre teams performing an operation that allows Covid-19 patients to come off ventilators and be transferred out of intensive care units. It’s been used with great success at St George’s Hospital, minimising the risk of contamination and elevating the level of safety for our NHS staff. Omar has set up a justgiving page to crowdfund the production of this product and hopefully distribute it all around the country.

During the Easter holidays, Upper Sixth pupil, Margaux, reached out to her peers about making protective visors for doctors like her parents, who both work in the NHS. She circulated a how-to-make powerpoint presentation and arranged to collect and deliver over 150 visors to Hammersmith hospital through her mum, with more families making and delivering visors to the hospital themselves after reading her email. The doctors in cardiac intensive care (now Covid-19 ICU) at the Hammersmith were very grateful for their ‘Margaux masks’ and sent her a picture of them in action to say thank you.