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Coronavirus: MOD Delivered 10,000 Medical Items To NHS Since March

The work has been described as an "extraordinary effort".

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has helped deliver more than 10,000 pieces of critical medical equipment to the NHS frontline over the last three months.

Military personnel have helped deliver thousands of supplies to the health service from the Defence Fulfilment Centre at MOD Donnington amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Shropshire centre is operated by the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) the procurement arm of the MOD and hit the important milestone on Tuesday.

Roger West, director of logistics delivery at DE&S, praised the military's work as "an extraordinary effort".

"This continues to be an extraordinary effort by a team that has had to provide critical equipment to the NHS while also supporting Front Line Commands and defence operations taking place around the globe," he said.

Personnel have been working alongside the MOD's delivery partner, Team Leidos, to deliver the equipment, as well as the Department for Health and Social Care.

In total, they have delivered 2,092 bilateral ventilators, 2,757 oxygen concentrators, 1,369 mechanical ventilators, 3,109 syringe drivers and 690 volumetric pumps across all of the UK, spanning an estimated 57,000 miles in the process.

Royal Marines from 42 Commando conduct COVID19 Coronavirus testing at mobile testing unit they set up in Salisbury pic 4 260420 CREDIT MOD
The military has played a key role during the pandemic, including manning mobile coronavirus testing units (Picture: MOD).

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin praised the teams involved for maintaining the supply chains in the face of the pandemic and increasing demand.

He said: "They have delivered a huge quantity of medical supplies right across the UK, ensuring our frontline NHS staff have the equipment they need to provide life-saving medical care."

"Their professionalism and enthusiasm maintained the flow of critical equipment ever since this national endeavour to support the UK Government’s response to COVID-19 started on March 30," he added.

The military continues to play a leading role in the Government's coronavirus response.

On Monday, the MOD announced an extra 1,763 military personnel were being deployed to support the roll-out of an additional 140 mobile testing units.

Cover image: Boxes of medical equipment ready for delivery at MOD’s Defence Fulfilment Centre (Picture: MOD).

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