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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources

PPE shortages and crowdfunding

If you cannot obtain PPE through official channels, you may want to request this from volunteers

This information is sourced from GOV UKPHE3DCROWDUKMasks for NHS Heroes, and Covid Crisis Rescue (CCR)

In order to fast-track supplies of PPE, GOV UK have put in place temporary measures until the global supply chain is adequate to meet the UK’s needs.

These temporary measures include:

  • Allowing the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities to fast-track PPE through the product safety assessment process
  • Allowing PPE against COVID-19 onto the market which lacks the CE mark, as long as essential safety requirements are met

PHE have published guidance on considerations for acute PPE shortages:

  • The guidance outlines options for sessional use, reuse and alternatives to standard PPE

Crowdfunded appeals are making PPE to support the NHS (examples below)

Masks for heroes:

  • Are a charitable organisation paid for by crowdfunding
  • They supply PPE from established medical supply routes to frontline NHS staff
  • You can request face shields, FFP3 masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns or isloation gowns via this online form


  •  Is a voluntary organisation making single use, non CE marked face shields for healthcare staff
  • You can request these via this online form

Face Visors for the NHS, Care Staff & Key Workers:

  • St Joseph’s School, Salisbury are sourcing materials and crowd funding to make face visors for the NHS and Social Care
  • You can request visors via this online form

Covid Crisis Rescue (CCR):

  • Supply surgical masks, surgical gowns, face visors and gloves to frontline staff. Their average delivery times are London: 1-2 hours, Rest of the UK: 1-2 working days
  • You can contact them via the link at the bottom of the crowdfunding page

Please use the feedback tab below if you are aware of other organisations donating PPE to doctors and healthcare workers that we can add to this page