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Local college helps to provide vital PPE for frontline NHS workers

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College are aiding frontline NHS staff by loaning equipment to make vital PPE for NHS workers.

Using 3D printing equipment, ex SGS College employee Stephen Kittner has gone above any beyond by making a mini factory in his garage producing over 450 visors and distributed them around the country to frontline NHS staff. Some of which include Worcester Intensive Therapy Unit, Redditch ICU and Gloucester Hospital.

Stephen comments:

“Right now, there is a massive shortage of PPE including face protection equipment; plastic visors, for the NHS. I have joined a nationwide volunteering group of 3D printing enthusiasts to help urgently manufacture parts for protective visors for our NHS. I have set-up a mini factory in my garage, currently containing seven 3D printers, two of which have been donated from SGS College and two have been donated from my current employer, Heart of Worcester College.

“Some makers have now reduced production; however, I will continue at full speed whilst needed. 450 visors is a tiny drop in the ocean however, seeing how pleased workers are to receive them makes all of the effort worthwhile.”

The College have also donated their A Level Centre, based on the Filton Campus, to NHS staff for urgent training in response to the Covid 19 emergency. The training is on infection control and manual handling, initially upskilling 150 school nurses with more expected to follow.

SGS Principal Sara-Jane Watkins added:

"SGS has supported the NHS on a number of projects over the last few months as we absolutely value our role as a community college. We are so proud of what Stephen has achieved and will continue to support him and the local community wherever possible."

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