Relocation of distribution hub for PPE (personal protective equipment) – Covid 19
Based on a
(link) the council has agreed to provide PPE to ensure the
safety of council staff against Covid-19. The provision also
includes distribution to care providers who are unable to access
PPE through their usual supplies due to a significant increase in
demand largely caused by the NHS/PH adoption of ‘Table
4’ standard of PPE, which is a much higher level of
requirement. The intense requirement for PPE is likely to be
required for at least the next 12 months, and potentially much
longer than this.
A decision was also previously made to set up an emergency delivery hub for distribution of PPE along with food supplied to people shielded (link). That was a temporary location that met all the essential requirements at short notice (e.g. space for social distancing, wifi, good road network for deliveries). However, this was not a long-term venue as its primary purpose is for leisure and a hire charge was required to cover costs. Also, the food delivery element will no longer be needed from 29th May as that operation will cease to be replaced by volunteers supporting individuals and government food parcels.
A longer term solution has been found which can accommodate PPE store and distribution. Site improvement works of up to £25k is required, including:
• Make good office accommodation
• Enhanced security
• Printer connection
• Removals of existing service
Part of the site is a store for council furniture which needs to be removed. It is of poor quality and previously offered to a community group but was not suitable. Consequently the decision is to dispose through reclamation.
Decision type: Non-key
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/05/2020
Decision due: 12 May 2020 by Chief executive
Contact: Alistair Neill, Chief executive Email: Alistair.Neill@herefordshire.gov.uk.