As NHS staff are going through an increasing volume of scrubs and protective clothing during the coronavirus pandemic, volunteers across the UK have taken to their sewing machines to help keep up with demand. RSK’s Fiona Roberts is one of them and has been creating essential clothing for the cause.
Scrubs, which form part of healthcare workers’ personal protective equipment, are currently being worn by an increasing number of NHS staff and are being changed more regularly to stop the spread of COVID-19. To make sure they have enough supplies, hospitals and healthcare settings across the country have put out appeals for homemade scrubs to supplement existing stock. And the good news is that they can be made from everyday household fabrics. Fiona has created scrubs for local hospitals using recycled materials such as duvet covers and sheets.
Can you help the stitch-uation?
If, like Fiona, you can and would like to get involved in supplying scrubs to local frontline workers, For the Love of Scrubs is a good place to start. The organisation has drawn up patterns, materials and washing specifications that volunteers need to follow. ‘Scrub Hubs’ have also popped up across the UK to coordinate volunteers. You can find your nearest Scrub Hub online or donate to the cause here.