Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital in Bury's response against coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as in continuing to provide other crucial services.

Bury Council is actively working to ensure that our critical staff supporting the most vulnerable continue to have access to supplies.

PPE can include face masks, goggles, aprons, gloves and hand sanitiser. It is most useful for people who work in certain circumstances such as healthcare roles, particularly where they may be exposed to bodily fluids.

If you do not need to use PPE items, please consider other people and those services that do need access to it. There are other effective ways everyone can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, including: 

  • Washing your hands: Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser gel.
  • Practicing social distancing: Wherever possible, ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.  
  • Increasing cleaning activity: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home, such as door handles and taps (to reduce risk of the virus remaining on surfaces).
  • Maintaining ventilation: Open windows to improve air movement (whenever safe and appropriate to do so).

Demand for PPE

The whole country is experiencing a huge demand for PPE and therefore PPE should be reserved for clinical and social care settings for use in line with national guidance.

Go to for guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Supply of PPE

If you work for a service or organisation and are concerned about the supply of PPE there is a national helpline for those in particular need of PPE stock.

Contact the national PPE helpline

Phone the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel on 0800 8766 802.  Organisations can also contact the following provider's to source stock:

Organisations that provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
OrganisationContactHealthcare Sector
Alliance / NWOP0330 100 0448,
Mckesson / AAH Pharma0344 561 8899,
Register at
Williams Medical Supplies01685 846 666,
GP surgery
HenrySchein0800 023 2558,
DD Group0800 585 586,
Wright Health Group01382 834 557,
Trycare Ltd01274 885544,
Dentist care
(for example, community care, home care, hospices)
Blueleaf03300 552 288,
Social care
(for example, community care, home care, hospices)
Delivernet01756 706 050,
Social care
(for example, community care, home care, hospices)
Healthcare01226 719 090,
Social care
(for example, community care, home care, hospices)

Emergency supply of PPE

If your service is running out of PPE stock and you are awaiting delivery of business as usual stock, you can request an emergency supply.

If your request is in line with national guidance you must provide the following by email to

  • The name, address and contact number of your service in the borough of Bury.
  • What type of social care or clinical setting you operate.
  • Whether you have stock on order and when it is expected.
  • What emergency stock you require to maintain your service until your delivery arrives (please provide an itemised list by number of items required, ie not boxes or rolls).

Please note: Emergency stock is not unlimited and depending on availability will be issued on a priority basis.