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Imperial College volunteers make 50,000 visors for local hospitals

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Assembly and production is taking place in the I-HUB building at Imperial College London. PICTURE: THOMAS ANGUS AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Volunteers at Imperial College London are making more than 50,000 disposable visors for local hospital staff on the front line fighting against the coronavirus outbreak.

The assembly and production is taking place in the I-HUB building at Imperial’s ever-growing White City campus in Wood Lane, which forms part of the borough’s thriving tech district.

More than 17,000 visors have already been delivered to Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith, with thousands more to be dispatched to the other Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals including Hammersmith Hospital and Queen’s Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital in White City.

Men and women in protective lab gear sat at desks in a sterile visor production floor at Imperial College London
Volunteers assembling disposable visors for local hospital staff. PICTURE: THOMAS ANGUS AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

“This is another fantastic example of the efforts that local organisations, both large and small, are making to support the local community in these challenging times,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy.

“We’re fortunate to have the world-leading Imperial College London in our borough – and by working in partnership together we’re making H&F the best place to live, work and socialise in Europe.”

Read more about our Industrial Strategy in partnership with Imperial College London (pdf 2.6MB).

Volunteer project

The visor volunteer project is led by Imperial College Advanced Hackspace and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial, in partnership with the Imperial Trust and their Infection Control team.

Car giant Rolls Royce has also helped out, after providing the kits for the team of Imperial volunteers to assemble the first 7,000 visors.

Man in protective lab gear sat at a visor production desk in a well lit laboratory floor
More than 17,000 visors have already been delivered to Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. PICTURE: THOMAS ANGUS AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise at Imperial College London, Professor Nick Jennings, said: “This is a remarkable effort which shows the power of institutions coming together at a time of great need.

“It shows great speed of action and the willingness of volunteers to rally to a common cause. Imperial has committed to doing all we can to help to respond to the pandemic, and I am proud to see our community and our NHS Trust colleagues rise so admirably to this challenge.”

Find out more about what other local businesses and organisations are doing for the local community during the COVID-19 crisis.

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