For The Love Of Scrubs - Our NHS Needs You

Worcestershire

Hello and welcome to the website for the For The Love Of Scrubs Worcestershire Facebook group - a group set up to help all Worcestershire volunteers wishing to sew scrubs and or scrub bags for our amazing NHS staff. We are working under the umbrella of the For The Love Of Scrubs - Our NHS Needs You Group that Ashleigh and George Lindsell are working so hard on. If you want to know a bit more about our group please take a look at the about us page.

Still want fabric for Scrubs?

If you are still able to sew scrubs, please fill in this new form.

Made Scrubs?

Please record  scrubs you have made and your area coordinator will be in touch to arrange collection.

Handed over Scrubs?

To hospital staff or any other organisation?Please complete this form so we can record all your hard work.

Made Hearts?

Record how many pairs of hearts you have made and someone will be in contact to arrange collection.

Totals update

Updates on how many items our amazing sewers have made!

Scrubs

3946

Bags

12,239

Headbands

6847

Scrub Hats

1992

Up to date
4th June 2020

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The Final Round Up

So, this is it, the final round-up. What a few months its been. We’ve all been through the most surreal of times, and some have found it tougher than others, and of course, we are still not there but what has kept many of us going has been the inspiration of each other to work together for a common goal.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I was sceptical we could make a few hundred scrubs at the outset let alone a few thousand but here we are…

Between you (I have not stitched a stitch!!) we have made and distributed in excess of 5,600 sets of scrubs, over 12,200 laundry bags, around 6,880 headbands and nearly 2000 scrub hats and knitted huge numbers of hearts for those separated from loved one in hospital.

It really is quite a feat and one we never anticipated back in April. The hub is now empty and the last few scrubs are being distributed. Interestingly we are sending out some of our last scrubs to the newest junior doctors whose scrubs have not arrived in time for their start next week, so although the need has virtually disappeared, we are still helping our NHS staff just when they need it.

Rainbow scrubs will be popping up on all sorts of NHS settings most especially the Acute Hospitals over the next week or so. If you have cause to be in a hospital and see one, be sure to smile.

We have to extend a massive vote of thanks to every single person involved whether you sewed lot and lots or sewed just one item, whether you ran around like a mad thing collecting and delivering, whether you organised an area or answered questions or worked in our hub cutting and packing, or sat at home raising money by contacting all and sundry for their support. We salute you all.

Then, of course, there are all those who contributed to our funds whether in pound notes or in-kind, we most certainly could not have done it without you. And there are those who helped us manage our funds and those who made our website work.

The list just goes on. I am deliberately mentioning no names. There are far too many to mention and every single one of you deserves a special mention. We will be sending a thank you letter to our contact list of organisations who donated in money and kind to make sure they know just what they helped us achieve. We will also put that Thanks You letter on our Website and Facebook page when it’s written.

I would, however, like to say to Katie and Sian what a privilege it has been to work with you on this project. We have never fallen out, mostly shared the load (although I have sometimes felt like I have not shouldered my full share of the load) and most impressively I think when we’ve agreed to do something we’ve been able to rely on each other to do what we said we’d do. Thank you for letting me join in!!

In the meantime, this is it… the end of this era but hopefully the start of a new one where we all stay in touch and share our new hobbies that take over from this activity.

Lets all look forward to a time when we can get together without fear of hugging and raise a glass or two to our collective success.

Thanks again EVERYONE Katie, Sian and Sue

Thank You Letter

I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” to all the sewers who have participated in “For the Love of Scrubs” – we really were not expecting so many so everyone has obviously been extremely busy in running these up and as a consequence, missing out on the good weather we have been having.

The scrubs are being distributed to the front-line staff who require them and I enclose a couple of photos of our staff who couldn’t wait to try them on.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public to the NHS and cannot thank everyone enough for all the contributions we have received.  Please do pass on our sincere appreciation to all.

Let us hope we continue to see a downward slide in the number of Covid-19 cases and continual reduction in the loss of lives from this terrible disease.  This is a challenging and worrying time for all staff but knowing the public are supporting everything they are doing does help to keep up morale.

Thank you again.

With best wishes.

Sarah King, Divisional Director of Nursing - Surgery
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

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Funding Updates

Updates on how and where the donated money is spent.

Our Go Fund Me now stands at very nearly £7,052 - what a result - well done everyone who has shared the link.

On top of that we have had donations paid directly into the bank account we are using. This has included significant donations from Worcestershire Community Action, Bamford Wealth Management and Christopher Whitehead School fund for protective Equipment bought one of our batches of material for us. Rotary, Lions and Lodges have also been donating and we are doing our best to make sure that every penny donated is put to use as quickly and effectively as possible.

So you know how it works. All of the money raised is being paid out into a charitable fund bank account held by St Marys Church Tenbury Wells. This means that no individual is responsible for the cash. Sue Hawthorn is liaising with them and keeping track of everything so that we can be happy our money is safely looked after. The only thing funds are used for it to buy material for making scrubs and the associated delivery costs.

Our Priorities

and what the Hospitals require

It has taken some time to collate the requirements of our local hospitals but we now have a fairly complete picture of what they would like us to make and it’s a HUGE challenge. With requests for around 800 sets of scrubs!!

With this in mind we have agreed on some priorities. We hope you will all agree that our first priority should be those working in Covid 19 wards and as such our first aim will be to provide around 150 sets of scrubs to Worcester Royal and The Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and after these two to Kidderminster Hospital. Any of us wherever we are in the county will end up in one of the major hospitals should we or our family or friends fall seriously ill. These items will be delivered centrally.

We have been very specifically asked NOT TO DELIVER scrubs to these acute hospitals due to the risk of infection. They will collect from us and we are setting up a process to enable this to happen.

Once we have completed this delivery we then have large numbers requested from all of the Community Hospitals so our next priority will be to deliver to these Hospitals trying to send each one a similar number. This will be coordinated centrally but may involve scrubs being delivered from more local locations.

We will decide how to make these deliveries to the community hospitals over the course of next week. At the moment we have been told that it is OK to take items to receptions but we will clarify this before we get to being ready to make for them..

We hope that you will support this plan and ask that those using centrally purchased material funded by donations use it for this purpose.

We know that many of you have sourced and funded your own material. We understand that you may wish to make for some specific local group or an individual or family member. This is fine, however, if we would appreciate it if as many as possible were making for our coordinated efforts.

If you do deliver scrubs to any other group don’t be shy, please tell us how many and to whom as we all want to know how many we have made and to see the size of our overall efforts.

Health & Safety

Before performing any action towards making scrubs, please ask yourself the following:

  • Am I a person who is suffering from Covid-19 virus?
  • Am I a person who is living with someone who is suffering from the Covid-19 Virus?

If the answer to either of the above is YES, then STOP. This is a marathon and not sprint, please hold off on donation efforts until after the isolation period has passed from the first appearance of illness symptoms. From WHO (World Health Organisation) advises the isolation period is 2 weeks.

If the answer to these two questions is initially NO but becomes YES while you are making scrubs. Please cease your work. Firstly, wash your hands. Wash already made garments, dry them, bag them and move to a high UV area such as conservatory. Wash Fabric and move to a UV area. Put the fabric and or garments in a bag and stay away from it. If you cough on the fabric, Repeat the above.

  • Am I part of the vulnerable persons group?

The government guidelines advise you to self-isolate. Please only perform actions that support this. You will be able to create and donate assuming there is a suitable coordinator in your area who is able to sort logistics of getting the donation contact free from your location to the donation location. Alternatively, please source delivery from a vendor who is able to contactless collect it from your property.

How it works

1

You can join the facebook group

Our group covers all Worcestershire areas, so you can join here

2

Get in touch with your coordinator

It's important to get in touch, you can find your local one here.

3

Download patterns & information

Access patterns and specifications for all items here.

4

Gather your materials

Find out where to source fabric, sundries and get help here.

5

Ready to send finished items?

For scrubs please complete this form, for other items please tell your coordinator.

VERY IMPORTANT

Please do not donate scrubs to Hospitals personally

Please get in touch with your area coordinators to arrange this.

Request Scrubs

Looking for scrubs for your hospital or department?

We have a stock of scrubs now that are available for those that need them. If you need scrubs please put in a request on the form below. Our range of colours is limited so you may have to compromise on colour to be sure of getting what you need. If you are very specific about colour (especially blue!) you may stand a better chance going through the commercial suppliers.

We also have a supply of wash bags, scrub hats and head bands available to anyone who requests them.