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Brighton Journal | 31st May 2020

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Funeral directors face urgent shortage of PPE protective clothing

Funeral directors face urgent shortage of PPE protective clothing
Kat Hoare
  • On 25th March 2020

Funeral directors in Sussex are so concerned about the shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that they have appealed to local builders and suppliers on social media. 

PPE items including full body overalls, protective goggles, masks and gloves have been requested. These items are in very high demand from UK health workers attempting to fight the pandemic, and funeral directors have complained that it is currently impossible to get hold of equipment from the usual suppliers. 

© Health workers in PPE clothing during the Ebola pandemic. Greg DeHart 2014







Although there has not yet been a death linked to coronavirus in the Brighton area, funeral directors have said that they wish to be prepared in case deaths do start to occur.

The National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) have asked the Government for clarity on the constantly changing situation for funeral arrangements during the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, there is still no explicit public guidance on funerals on the Government website.   

Today, the NAFD issued a statement confirming that “increasing numbers of funeral directors no longer have adequate supplies of PPE to allow them to follow standard infection control guidance. We are therefore urging the Government to issue specific advice, so that funeral directors can have access to the supplies they need.”

They also stated: “although the Government confirmed that the risk of transmission is lower after death, we have not seen the science to know precisely what this means.”

If you want to donate PPE equipment, please follow this link.

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