Torbay NHS staff welcome donation of bespoke protective visors during coronavirus pandemic

Phil Jackson with wife Victoria with one of the Covid visors they made

Phil Jackson with wife Victoria with one of the Covid visors they made - Credit: Archant

Urgent care health workers in Torbay Hospital have received purpose-made protective visors thanks to the generosity and hard work of a local businessman.

Emily Chitty and Abbie Lock wearing the visors

Emily Chitty and Abbie Lock wearing the visors - Credit: Archant

Staff in the emergency assessment unit in the hospital are full of praise for the effectiveness of the visors which are made to national specifications and supplement those already in use during the pandemic.

Phil Jackson and his wife Victoria have also made more than 5,000 individually designed visors.

They have made them for Totnes and Brixham community hospitals, also run by Torbay and South Devon Foundation NHS Trust, and GP surgeries and care homes across Devon and Bristol, as their way of saying thank you to NHS staff during the coronavirus response.

Phil is supported by other local companies and individuals who have contributed in paying for the materials to make and to distribute the visors, which include 500 to Torbay Hospital.

Phil, who runs Logos and Monograms of Brixham, said: 'Victoria and I are both full of admiration for NHS staff who are keeping us all safe during the pandemic. As we have spare capacity in our business due to the lockdown, we have dedicated our workshop to making more than 5,000 visors in four weeks.

'Visors are bagged up in our shop and by volunteer staff from Twittwoo, the shop next door, and bought and distributed by other businesses also supporting the supply of the personal protection equipment.'

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Samantha Baker, ward manager, said: 'We are delighted to receive this equipment from Phil and Victoria.'

Phil thanked all those who have helped fund the manufacture of the visors including Jake from Fairalls Fruit and Veg in Brixham, Ken Rudge of Ocean Health Care, Torbay RNLI crew and Adam Mudge of Brixham Trawler Agents. Adam bought, distributed and donated the order to Torbay Hospital.

Phil started production by supplying ten visors to Compass House Medical Centre as a trial - and made 5,000 visors in two weeks.