Woodford Correctional Centre produces PPE to fight COVID-19

Woodford Correctional Centre’s (WFDCC) industries workshop has supplied 70 medical visors to the centre’s medical centre and Caboolture Hospital to protect front line workers from COVID-19.

A Queensland Health Clinical Nurse Consultant stationed at WFDCC proposed the idea of the centre’s industries workshop producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The idea has resulted in a request for another 200 medical visors, as well as potentially producing other PPE such as sanitiser bottle holders, nurse scrubs and isolation gowns.

An isolation gown sample has been designed, and Queensland Health Metro North and WFDCC are currently working together to obtain appropriate materials for the gowns.

WFDCC Acting Chief Superintendent Stuart McHaffie said the ability to produce and supply PPE reinforced QCS’ commitment to keeping officers, those in its care and the community safe.

“It is important that PPE is available when Queensland Health advises it is needed and used appropriately, such as when a person is within 1.5m of another person who has tested positive or is showing symptoms,” Acting Chief Supt. McHaffie said.

“We can all do our part to keep ourselves and the centres safe during the pandemic by maintaining good hygiene.

“I want to thank all our officers and Queensland Health for their remarkable job so far.”

Officers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with to put on and take off PPE safely along with other available resources on the COVID-19 State Corrections Operations Centre (SCOC) microsite.

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