New Covid PPE designed by NHS clinicians to be rolled out in Lancashire and South Cumbria

  • Video report by Jahmal Williams-Thomas

New personal protective equipment is being rolled out for NHS workers in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Morecambe Bay Hood has been jointly developed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, BAE Systems and Lancaster.

With NHS staff needing PPE more suited to a clinical environment, the idea for them to design it came about.

Over eleven months, a new hood was developed, trialled and gained certification from the Health and Safety Executive and British Standards Institution.

The design means that the whole face is visible due to the seal being around the neck and there is also a part which delivers clean, filtered air with minimal noise, making communication easier.

Stuart Hosking-Durn, Head of Resilience and Patient Flow for UHMBT, said: "The dedication of our frontline workers has been instrumental in fighting COVID-19, but the Morecambe Bay Hood will be an absolute game-changer for us as we continue to care for patients, significantly improving comfort, durability and communication.”