After seven weeks and hundreds of hours worked by volunteers, University of East Anglia's (UEA) production of visors and Ear Comfort Bands (ECBs) has come to an end. The total exceeds over 12,000 of each.

The project has helped to keep thousands of the region's key workers protected during the fight against Covid-19, with the voluntary help of over 20 local organisations and individuals.

A substantial supply of the gear has been distributed to Norfolk's three major hospitals: Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), James Paget Hospital (JPH) in Great Yarmouth and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn. The PPE has also been provided to a number of pharmacies, community hospitals, hospices and care homes across Norfolk and Suffolk.

“Through the generosity of many organisations and a small army of individuals the project has also been able to respond to urgent requests from the community including hospices, care homes and pharmacies. This is all down to the tremendous voluntary work of the group of 3D printers, our raw materials suppliers, laser cutters, UEA technicians and Security team.”

UEA’s Vice Chancellor, Prof David Richardson

Whilst production of the PPE items has finished, UEA still has a number of ECBs available. Any local health or care organisations, or teams with frontline staff who wear face masks, can request these for free by contacting business@uea.ac.uk (minimum 100 per order).

“I am truly humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from local people and would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the visors which are so vital to us. We have felt the love from the community every step of the way as we have tackled the challenges posed by the pandemic.”

Prof Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

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