28 April 2020
The Royal Mint are making 1.9 million medical visors exclusively for the NHS in England and Wales to help protect medical workers – that’s over 100,000 per week.
According to The Royal Mint, over 150,000 masks have already been made, with further supplies reaching hospitals across Britain in the next few weeks. Wearing a visor helps to protect medical staff from exposure to Coronavirus, and it was designed in consultation with staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to ensure it was comfortable and durable.
The Chancellor, and Master of the Mint, Rishi Sunak said:
‘It’s vital our brave NHS workers have the protective equipment they need to safely care for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. I applaud the Royal Mint for refocusing their efforts and working around the clock to play their part during this national emergency.’
The Royal Mint first began making medical visors in March, after engineers created a design in just 48 hours and the Mint became the first firm in the UK to secure BSI safety approval.
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint said:
‘We want to play our part in the fight against Coronavirus by providing NHS staff with the protective equipment they need to keep the nation and themselves safe.
‘When people think of The Royal Mint they think about the coins in their pockets, but we’ve been making useful products for the nation for 1,100 years and have a team of skilled designers, engineers and production staff. Together they turned a rudimentary visor design into a working model in just 48 hours, and within a week we were manufacturing thousands per day.’
In addition to producing medical visors, the Mint has also helped to design and print Covid awareness cards for NHS workers in Cwm Taf Health Authority, in Wales.
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