Chesterfield firm donates protective kit to Sheffield hospital

A private hospital in Sheffield which has switched to working for the NHS in the fight against Covid-19 has received free protective kit for staff from a Chesterfield company.

By David Walsh
Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 11:02 am
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 9:59 am

Claremont Hospital, on Sandygate Road, Crosspool, received safety goggles and glasses from Panther Tools and Products on Britannia Road, Chesterfield.

The hospital was made available to the NHS following discussions between government and the private healthcare sector about how to help the NHS battle coronavirus.

It has dedicated its 210 staff, 36 beds and state-of-the-art equipment to the NHS ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus cases. Bosses say the donation means it is not relying on much-needed NHS resources.

The Claremont healthcare team in their new protective equipment.

Panther Tools and Products responded to an appeal for equipment. The company, which supplies tools to the European automative industry, provided a batch of glasses and goggles within an hour of the request.

The hospital is preparing for the expected peak of Covid-19 and is expected to receive its first NHS patients this week.

Andrew Thornton, hospital director, said: “We’re very grateful to Panther Tools and Products for this generous contribution. It’s a fantastic gesture to donate this important equipment to our teams, and yet another example of people coming together from all walks of life to support healthcare staff.”

Mark Holmes, director of Panther Tools and Products, said: “These are exceptional times and we know everyone needs to do their bit to support healthcare staff and keep them safe in the fight against this virus.”