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Joint services provider Cefndy-Medequip has used its logistical proficiency to help South Wales’ care sector lay their hands on critically-needed personal protective equipment (PPE).

Gwent-Wide Integrated Community Equipment Service (GWICES) commissioning team reached out to the Cefndy-Medequip to help support the storage and distribution of PPE during the height of the pandemic.

With experience in quickly and efficiently distributing essential equipment as providers of the Gwent community equipment services, the joint CES provider – a partnership of Medequip Assistive Technology and Cfendy Healthcare – committed to helping local care homes.

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After an assessment visit from the British Army, who were assisting with setting up a reliable distribution service, the Cefndy-Medequip depot in Newport was contracted by GWICES to receive the PPE deliveries.

Sourced by the Welsh Government Supply Network, these were to be stored and distributed to five local hubs in Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen. From there, the equipment was supplied directly to social care service providers.

Since starting over the Easter weekend, the Cefndy-Medequip partnership has processed in excess of 200 pallets consisting of millions of individual items of PPE.

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Visors from the Royal Mint sent to Cfendy Medequip

These have been sourced from overseas as well as in the UK, with one of the latest high-profile deliveries being face visors supplied by the Royal Mint.

Discussing the ongoing operation, Cefndy-Medequip explained that the onward distribution of the PPE takes place daily to ensure the five supply hubs are stocked appropriately for demand.

Darren Morrish, Medequip Contract Manager at Newport, commented: “We are delighted and very proud to be part of the vital PPE supply chain in Gwent. We have added this service to our normal operations seamlessly, through the hard work, willing efforts and terrific engagement of the whole Cefndy-Medequip team.”

Echoing his sentiments, Judith Addis, Cefndy Operations Manager at Newport, added: “Our storemen, supervisors, technicians and engineers have been really keen to help.

“We are receiving large deliveries that need to be offloaded, counted, split and delivered the same day. We are proud of the team for their willingness and enthusiasm to help front line workers.”

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