The announcement by the Royal Mint comes after the team developed a successful prototype to help protect frontline care workers. The first batch of visors are already in use at the Royal Glamorgan.
The team found a rudimentary design for a medical visor online, and began developing high specification prototypes – turning the concept into an approved design in just 48 hours. In addition, The Royal Mint has been supplying the local NHS with other essential PPE equipment from its stores, and offering other support.
Huw Davies, clinical director for anaesthetics and a COVID clinical lead for Royal Glamorgan Hospital, said: “We’re really grateful to the Royal Mint for making these visors. It was actually quite emotional for our teams when they came in and offered their support and expertise to us to help keep us safe. It is a great example of collaboration and a real goodwill gesture from their team.”
Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Mint for this work. This equipment will be vitally important for our frontline staff to protect themselves and others as they work to respond to the COVID19 pandemic. It is also an excellent example of teams working collaboratively to provide safer environments for our staff and patients.
“The generosity of organisations such as the Royal Mint as well as our communities has been humbling and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support for our staff and the NHS.”
Leighton John, Director of Operations for The Royal Mint said: “My sister works for the NHS and it really focuses your mind on the challenge they are facing, and the opportunity we have to support them.
“We set our engineers the task of developing essential medical equipment which could be easily made on site – within 12 hours they’d created a medical visor, and within 72 hours it was approved for mass manufacture.”