A new online system has launched for ongoing provision of free personal protective equipment to frontline health and care staff


A new online platform to order personal protective equipment (PPE) in England has been launched by NHS England. The launch follows a previous announcement on the extension of free COVID-19 PPE until the end of March 2023.

The new portal will serve a range of health, care, and public sector providers, including GPs, adult social care providers, dentists, orthodontists, community pharmacies, optometrists, children’s social care providers, drug and alcohol services, and more.

Through the previous PPE portal, more than 6 billion PPE items have been distributed to over 54,000 health, care, and public sector providers.

From 4 April 2022, all customers will be redirected automatically to the new portal, managed by NHS Supply Chain. The new system will build on user feedback to improve the experience of those using the site.

The website aims to be more user-friendly, making it easier to place orders, view order limits, track deliveries, and respond to and mitigate potential future health crises.

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