East Grampians Health service has received a generous donation from Erebus Medical of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Erebus Medical was created just after the COVID-19 outbreak and is supported by its parent company Erebus Motorsport.
Erebus Motorsport is a Melbourne-based Australian Supercar team, owned by Betty Klimenko and sponsored by Penrite Oil.
With the Supercars season on hold, Erebus Motorsport joined the global fight against COVID-19, using the resources of its Supercars team workshop to develop and produce potentially life-saving medical supplies.
Liaising with Supercars Medical Delegate Dr Carl Le, they have refined a number of medical products and helped fill the demand for PPE to protect medical staff from the virus.
EGHS received 86 face shields, 20 ear savers (to be used with face masks) and an intubation box, which will protect staff working with COVID-19 patients.
“It’s a challenging time and all Australians need to do all they can to help,” Erebus Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan said.
“We are in a fortunate position where we have the ability to make this shift in our operations and help our health care workers and patients.”
EGHS was fortunate to receive the equipment through a staff contact with Erebus Motorsport.
Within a few days of the request going to Erebus, EGHS had received the equipment.
EGHS Chief Executive Andrew Freeman thanked the team at Erebus Medical for their generosity.
“We are very grateful to Erebus Medical for their donation of Personal Protective Equipment, which we will use in the event of having to treat patients at the health service with COVID-19.
“It is important that our staff are protected when treating COVID-19 patients and this equipment will ensure that all our staff are kept safe.
“We are also grateful for Erebus Medical’s recognition and support of a rural health service.”