North East firm donate Reusable Face Shields
A North East company have started to produce plastic face shields for frontline care workers and have already made a donation of the shields to Alice House Hospice.
Applied Scientific Technlogies, based in Thirsk, is using their existing technology to produce reusable face shields consisting of a 3D printed frame, a clear face shield, a piece of foam tape, and an off-the-shelf elastic strapping. The clear face shields can be removed and replaced in less than 30 seconds.
Having delivered part of their committed 100 free face shields to local front-line key workers including Doctors, Nurses, Care Workers, they are now being inundated with requests to provide more.
Rebecca Jobson, Senior Manager Communications at Alice House Hospice said, “Staff at Alice House are really grateful for the donation of reusable face shields, this is a great idea and a fantastic way to utilise existing technology and skills during this pandemic.”
Paula Tempest, Clinical Lead at Alice House said, “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated face shields for our care staff. These have really made a difference for our frontline staff and they feel much more protected and safe. The shields are worn in addition to face masks and therefore offer full face protection. Everyone’s support has been amazing and at the minute have plenty of stock for our staff.”
Applied Scientific Technologies have set up a GoFundMe page raise funds to help meet the increasing demand. The money raised will pay for the cost of printing materials such as filaments, clear face shield, elastic strap and foam protection. Applied Scientific Technologies will continue to provide free engineering resource for the manufacturing and build of the face shields.