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University donates medical equipment and food to support NHS

Posted on 24 March 2020

The University of York has donated medical supplies and food to the NHS as part of the national effort to contain coronavirus.

Items included surgical masks, waste disposal bags, cable ties, clinical waste disposal bags, sharp disposal boxes, disposable gloves and sterile needles.

PhD student Andy Langley from the Department of Archaeology initiated the collection from departments of Archaeology, Environment and Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Electronic Engineering.

The donated items were sent to local NHS providers, including York Hospital.

Food from University catering outlets was also collected and donated to the hospital.

Difficult time

Professor Nicky Milner, head of the Department of Archaeology, said: “I'm so pleased that departments across the University have been able to provide important resources for the NHS at this difficult time.

“Thanks to a brilliant team of technicians and students we have been able to gather items together very quickly and get them to where they need to be.

“We should all be doing everything we can to help support our NHS right now.” 

Pull together

Professor Duncan Bruce, head of the Department of Chemistry, added: “It has been fantastic to be able to help out. This shows what can be done when people are prepared to pull together - supporting the NHS and all those charged with caring for us is so important. Well done to all who made this possible.”