Barbour turns factory into a production line for PPE as it backs the NHS

Barbour has tasked workers on its world-famous clothing production line to turn out garments for frontline NHS staff as they treat atients ill with coronavirus.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 9th April 2020, 12:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 12:51 pm

The North East based clothing company has begun producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing to support the local NHS Trusts in the fight against COVID-19.

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Working with the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, its factory on Bede Industrial Estate has begun to make an initial quantity of disposable gowns planned for delivery tomorrow, Friday, April 10.

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The Barbour factory on Bede Industrial Estate is working on PPE kit for NHS staff.

It will then move to a larger scale production of gowns and scrubs for the RVI and other North East NHS trusts to support frontline medical staff who are in urgent need of these items.

Company chairman, Dame Margaret Barbour, said: “Everyone has a role to play in fighting COVID-19 and I wanted my daughter Helen and I to play our part by turning our South Shields factory over to produce PPE product for the NHS.

“Our staff’s welfare is our most important priority and we have undertaken a strict risk assessment to ensure we adhere to social distancing and that they are fully protected whilst undertaking this important role.

Dame Margaret Barbour, chairman of the company, said she was "very grateful" to her staff for their overwhelming support as they worked to make PPE kit.

“I am very grateful to my staff for their overwhelming support.

“The factory, where we normally make our classic wax jackets is no stranger to adaptation.

“During both World Wars, we turned the factory over to make military garments to assist the war effort.

“We are pleased to once again be able to make a difference and this time, to support the NHS.”

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