Could your business help support health and social care during COVID19?

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the Government may issue calls to businesses who could help to support the production of important materials or items. We will list all current calls as and when they are announced via this news post so that they are easily accessible to businesses.

If you aren't in a position to help provide support via manufacturing but you'd like to get support for your own business, please visit our Coronavirus support page or contact our dedicated business support team on 0300 770 2245.

Please find the most recent open calls below.


GENERAL CALL FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & PPE

The Government is currently trying to identify possible suppliers of key items of medical equipment due to the national needs of the NHS. If you feel your business could help to supply equipment such as protection screens, goggles, gloves, face-masks and/or other important items. Please get in touch with our team if you feel your business could help.


VENTILATORS

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is looking for organisations who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the United Kingdom as part of the government’s response to COVID-19. If your business can help with the Prime Minister’s call for ventilator production, please visit https://ventilator.herokuapp.com to register your details or alternatively, you can contact the BCGH team for assistance.


PROTECTIVE GOGGLES

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire are currently appealing for any businesses who can supply goggles to frontline staff within the NHS. Goggles are a CRITICAL item for staff who are potentially coming into contact with the virus. If you'd like to enquire about supplying Goggles to the NHS, please get in touch with our team immediately.


ANTIGEN TESTING KITS

The UK Bioindustry Association (BIA) has issued an urgent call for the supply of COVID-19 antigen testing kits. The kits include:

  • Swabs (Nasopharangeal)
    • No discoloration on the swab bud
    • Sterilised and individually wrapped
    • No calcium alginate swabs
    • No swabs with wooden shafts
  • Sample Vial (Glass 20.25 +- 0.25 x 47.25 +- 0.5 & plastic TBD)
  • Viral transport medium (COVID-19 transport medium)
  • Alcohol/Sanitiser Wipes
  • Re-packaging (storage/biohazard packaging)

There is also a requirement for swabs for PCR diagnostic testing.

Any organisations that can supply for sale any or all of the above, please contact the BCGH team or covidtestingtriage@dhsc.gov.uk


RAPID SANITISING TECHNOLOGY FOR AMBULANCES

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives.

It can take up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19.

Think you can help? More details can be found here


TECHFORCE19 CHALLENGE

NHSX is calling on all innovators who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for government funding of up to £25,000 to test their solution. TechForce19 have announced a competition for innovators to help support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during this time. The competition will focus on the following areas:

  • Remote Social Care
  • Optimising Staffing in Care and Volunteering Sectors
  • Mental Health

For more information or to apply, please click here

Please note: this competition is aimed at helping in the community, TechForce19 are not looking for solutions that are trying to solve clinical problems or require integration with NHS systems.


Looking for further details? Call us on 0300 770 2245 or email enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com