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Peterborough hospital seeking donations, items to fight COVID-19

The hospital has put guidelines in place for those who want to donate medical supplies to the health care centre. .
The hospital has put guidelines in place for those who want to donate medical supplies to the health care centre. . Global News Peterborough

The Peterborough Regional Health Centre has set out a few guidelines for those wishing to donate safety supplies and personal protective items (PPE) items to the hospital during the ongoing fight against COVID-19.

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In a release the hospital says it is accepting donations of the following “much needed” items:

  • Hand sanitizer (any free-standing, 70 per cent alcohol foam sanitizer)
  • N95 masks
  • Procedure masks
  • Procedure masks with visors
  • Full face shields with foam

The hospital says it cannot accept donations of handmade masks and any food or drink for hospital staff at this point.

Expressing gratitude to our health care workers
Expressing gratitude to our health care workers

Those wishing to make a donation to help the hospital’s efforts can donate to the PRHC Foundation. The hospital says the foundation invests in life-saving equipment and technology and provides support for patients and frontline healthcare workers.

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Residents can also send a special thank you message to doctors, nurses and staff at PRHC. Anyone wishing to do so can visit www.prhcfoundation.ca or call 705-876-5000.

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More information can be found online.

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