COVID-19

GP practices urged to sign up to central portal to access free PPE

Published 1 October 2020

Practices are being encouraged to sign up to the central government PPE portal to order free equipment.

NHS England’s latest bulletin to primary care explains that the PPE portal will be the ‘primary source of free COVID-19 PPE (including flu vaccination requirements)’.

It also notes that order limits have been expanded to allow practices to buy in more stock at a time.

It was announced in a previous bulletin that practices would now be provided with free PPE, along with social care. And this week the Department of Health and Social Care released its PPE strategy, which promised to supply medical-grade PPE to practices until March 2021.

Practices should register and access the portal using NHS registered email, and call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 with any questions.

If there is ‘severe disruption’ to distribution, practices should in the first instance get in contact with their local authority or Local Resilience Forum (LRF) – a government website will shortly be published with the local authority/LRF contact details. If this route is not possible practices should contact the National Supply Distribution Response (NSDR) service for urgent supplies.

Further information on the portal supply can be found on the DHSC guidance page.  

Order limits for practices

GP practices with fewer than 5,000 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 200 IIR masks
  • 200 aprons
  • 400 gloves (200 pairs)
  • one bottle of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • one box of visors (usually 50 per box)

Practices of 5,000-7,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 400 IIR masks
  • 400 aprons
  • 800 gloves (400 pairs)
  • 2 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 50 per box)

Practices with 8,000-10,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 500 IIR masks
  • 500 aprons
  • 1,000 gloves (500 pairs)
  • 4 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 50 per box)

GP practices with 11,000-29,999 patients can order up to (per week):

  • 1,100 IIR masks
  • 1,100 aprons
  • 2,200 gloves (1,100 pairs)
  • 8 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • one box of visors (usually 200 per box)

Practices with 30,000 patients or more can order up to (per week):

  • 2,600 IIR masks
  • 2,600 aprons
  • 5,200 gloves (2,600 pairs)
  • 12 bottles of hand hygiene (usually 500ml)
  • 2 boxes of visors (usually 200 per box)
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