A Colne Valley company has joined the huge effort to help our NHS heroes.
McNair has built up a reputation for its bespoke hand made clothing for mountain walkers. Its shirts and mountain jackets are premium products that are lovingly stitched by dedicated sewing machinists out of the finest merino wool.
Amid the struggle to get enough protective clothing to hospitals across the country, McNair chiefs decided they had to pitch in.
Director, Natalie Stapleton, said the project to switch their small operation into a factory producing medical grade gowns had been a real challenge.
She said: “We tried weeks ago to contact the NHS team that’s been set up in charge of procurement to get information about the specs.
“We tried and tried but didn’t get any response so in the end we just designed a gown ourselves.
“We bought the material and hoped we could get something approved.
“We’ve now managed to get in touch with HRI and they’ve approved it after we sent them a sample.”
The firm’s first delivery of gowns used to keep any infected splatter off clinicians clothing arrived at HRI on Friday.
She added: “It’s been completely different to what we normally do.
“We usually produce tens of products a week and now it will be hundreds. Production is getting faster and we have had an amazing volunteer response, but it’s been a real test.”
Head of Procurement at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Kate Roberts, said: “We thank everyone at McNairs for this wonderful switch in production which will help us to keep our frontline colleagues – and our patients – safe.
“The gowns are a very important part of our PPE and this contribution is very gratefully received. We look forward to an ongoing collaboration with McNairs and again thank them very much.”
Press release and image taken from the Huddersfield Examiner.