WDMH and Dundas Manor ask for donations of masks and other specified personal protective equipment

WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital and Dundas Manor are appealing to the public for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) “to help ensure we have adequate supplies over the coming weeks.”

Both community institutions emphasize they are “working hard to keep patients, residents and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“At this time, we have specific needs that we are looking for,” notes Cholly Boland, CEO of both entities. “And we are hoping that individuals, businesses and health care providers in our region might be able to help.”

Currently, the items being accepted are:

  • Procedure masks (PG4-1201 with ear-loops)
  • N95 masks
  • Nitrile gloves (with extended cuff)
  • Chemo Isolation Gowns

Those able to donate any of those items are asked to contact Chris Barkley at WDMH by emailing cbarkley@wdmh.on.ca  to make arrangements.

All donations must be CSA-approved and be unused, unopened and unexpired.

Currently, WDMH and Dundas Manor are unable to accept donations of related supplies, including latex products, hand-sewn masks or other items such as food. The organizations advise that if you do not have any PPE to donate, but would still like to help, to please consider making a gift to the WDMH Foundation’s General Equipment Fund.

The government does not fund medical equipment purchases, so such gifts “help our community now and in the future,” they say.

“Thank you to all those who have donated supplies to date, including Tomlinson Group, Summers Physiotherapy and Dr. John Burke to name a few,” adds Boland. “We have a very supportive community and we appreciate everyone’s help.”

Visit www.wdmhfoundation.ca/onlinegiving.

Below, a Nation Valley News file photo of Winchester’s Sweet Corner Park and its featured Winchester District Memorial Hospital mural — patriotically draped with a flag in 2017 —  as storm clouds threaten above and clock glows in the foreground.

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