GP surgeries across Wales will receive packs of face masks, gloves and aprons for their personal protection as they treat people with suspected coronavirus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced today.
The Health Minister has also confirmed that community pharmacies in Wales will receive personal protective equipment.
Packs were prepared over the weekend and will be distributed to GP surgeries and community pharmacies in Wales this week.
The minister also authorised personal protection equipment to be released from stockpiles for use by frontline NHS and social services staff, should it become necessary.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:
“These packs are part of robust infection control measures that we have in place, and I want to reassure people that we are working closely with NHS Wales and social services across the country to implement our planned response.
“It is important that frontline medical and social care staff have the equipment they need to keep them safe while they help people with suspected coronavirus.
“The face masks, gloves and aprons are part of a stockpile that we have in place as part of our contingency planning should they be needed to support our NHS and social services.”