1000th mask created for healthcare front line

Zaid with 3D printers and masks

The 1000th mask created at Bradford College using a 3D printer has been delivered to frontline healthcare staff.

Zaid Bashir, Technology and Media Manager at Bradford College, has created the masks to help protect NHS staff.

Zaid began researching ways of creating personal protective equipment last month using the college’s 3D printers as well as other raw materials he could source from within the building.

He said: “Although 3D printing in industry is mostly used for prototyping new products, I soon came to realise that as part of a larger national community we could try and support our NHS staff in by helping them protect themselves at such a time of crisis as they are selflessly looking after so many of us.”

You can watch how a 3D printer helps create a mask in our video.

While the majority of masks have been delivered to Bradford Royal Infirmary, others have been delivered to GP surgeries and clinics across the region, including:

  • West Riding and Craven Diabetic eye screening programme
  • Norman Lodge Care Home, Bradford
  • Fountains Medical Centre, Leeds
  • Garrison Medical Centre, York

Chief Medical Officer of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Bryan Gill, said:  “The support and generosity shown to our staff and our Trust during this pandemic has been truly heart-warming, and Zaid’s innovation in creating these masks is one example of this.

“We are indebted to him and his colleagues at Bradford College and would like to say a huge thank you to them. The Trust has always enjoyed a special relationship with Bradford College and this act of kindness further cements that relationship.”

Olwen Hall, who is a care worker at Norman Lodge, said: “Thank you so much for the visors. They are much appreciated … we will all be forever grateful.”

 It is just one of the ways in which Bradford College has been working to support healthcare staff during the Covid-19 crisis. Community students have been sewing together reusable hospital gowns and bags for theatre staff during online sewing classes.

Medical supplies including more than 13,000 gloves and 800 bottles of hand sanitiser have been donated to Bradford Royal Infirmary and Bradford-based charity The Cellar Trust.

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