Today we have announced that we will be making 1.9 million medical visors exclusively for the NHS in England and Wales to help protect medical workers – that’s over 100,000 per week.
Over 150,000 have already been made, with further supplies reaching hospitals across Britain shortly. Wearing a visor helps to protect medical staff from exposure to Coronavirus, and it was designed in consultation with staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital to ensure it was comfortable and durable.
The Chancellor, and Master of the Mint, Rishi Sunak said: “It’s vital our brave NHS workers have the protective equipment they need to safely care for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
“I applaud the Royal Mint for refocusing their efforts and working around the clock to play their part during this national emergency.”
We first began making medical visors last month, after our engineers created a design in just 48 hours and we became the first firm in the UK to secure BSI safety approval. We worked with our supply chain across the UK – including Brammer, TJ Morgan and Technical Foam – to source the materials to mass manufacture the design.
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint said: “We want to play our part in the fight against Coronavirus by providing NHS staff with the protective equipment they need to keep the nation and themselves safe.
“When people think of The Royal Mint they think about the coins in their pockets, but we’ve been making useful products for the nation for 1,100 years and have a team of skilled designers, engineers and production staff. Together they turned a rudimentary visor design into a working model in just 48 hours, and within a week we were manufacturing thousands per day.”
In addition to producing medical visors, we have also worked closely with the NHS to provide other support – including helping to design and print Covid awareness cards for NHS workers in Cwm Taf Health Authority.