3 April 2020

Abingdon School’s Design & Technology department have been busy producing much needed PPE visors for local GPs and healthcare workers.

Members of the department have joined D&T departments up and down the country using their design and manufacture knowledge and machinery to produce the visors, that local doctors, many of them parents have been calling for.

The frames are laser cut from polypropylene and the replaceable visor is simply an acetate sheet, allowing the user to quickly replace the screen as needed.

We have currently produced and assembled the first batch of 200 which have already been distributed to local Abingdon surgeries. Many parents working in the NHS have also been in touch and have now received several boxes of the shields. There has been great support from companies near and far with the supply of equipment and the offer to produce the frames industrially.

There are another 200 in the production line and we intend to keep producing them while there is a need to support and protect our frontline NHS staff.

The visors we have made are fine for interactions which observe physical distancing (e.g. across the counter, at reception, ordinary consultations), but we would not want to say it would be fit for surgery or close care situations. The visors do not meet strict NHS or British Standards guidance as to PPE for healthcare workers.

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