Local doctors, nurses asking for PPE donations

Local doctors, nurses asking for PPE donations

Local physicians and nurses are asking people to donate personal protective equipment to assist them in the fight against COVID-19. From left, Dr. Peter Entwistle, Dr. Jacob Bellingan and Dr. Madia Smallwood. (File photo)

Your family doctors, nurse practitioners and midwives in the South Okanagan Similkameen are graciously accepting public donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist in their frontline battle against COVID-19.

Please do not drop off equipment at clinics or at the hospital. If your organization or business is willing to donate any unused equipment (listed below) please email ppedonations@sosdivision.ca

The list includes:

  • Surgical or procedural masks or n95 masks
  • Industrial dust masks
  • Latex and non-latex gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety goggles
  • Face shields (with or without masks)
  • Procedural gowns

“We’re very grateful for the support of our community, as we make our way through this challenging time,” says Dr. Tim Phillips, SOS Division of Family Practice physician lead.

Conflicting messages about a call-out for protective equipment are circulating. Therefore, patients can visit the SOS Division of Family Practice website at  www.divisionsbc.ca/south-okanagan-similkameen) for more information.

For general information on COVID-19, ensure you are accessing accurate information available on: HealthlinkBC, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and BC’s Ministry of Health pages.

A reminder to patients looking to access care:

If you are in need of non-emergency medical care, call your family clinic to inquire about setting up a virtual appointment. If you do not have a GP/NP, call a local walk-in clinic.

Patients are also being reminded about social distancing measures. As such, it is very important that no patients show up at any medical clinics without first calling ahead.