Covid-19 PPE requests
Kent Resilience Forum is coordinating the supply of urgent PPE (personal protective equipment) to:
The Kent Resilience Forum holds a limited supply of PPE that is intended to support the provision of frontline services and care providers, who may be experiencing temporary issues with supplies from their usual providers, and are in close, unavoidable contact with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 cases.
Organisations should only order enough stock to support their service for a few days.
These organisations can request urgent supplies by calling:
or by contacting the Kent Resilience Team on 01622 21 24 09.
(between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday only)
Government PPE portal
Please note if you are a care provider who falls under the following criteria you can access PPE from the government portal which has been extended to the end of June 2021.
The PPE portal can be used by:
Residential social care providers
Domiciliary social care providers
Children's Care homes and secure homes
Children's residential special schools
Community drug and alcohol services
Residential drug and alcohol services
Eligible health and social care providers can continue to order PPE through the portal to meet the increased need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest guidance on the PPE Portal, including weekly order limits for different types and sizes of provider, can be found here:
Registered providers can call the customer service team on 0800 876 6802 if they have any questions about using the PPE Portal. The team is available from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week, to help resolve queries.
If you are unable to obtain PPE from the government portal please contact KCC or Medway Council for PPE support.
Free Personal Protective Equipment for unpaid carers
The Government confirmed on 9 February 2021 that unpaid carers across the country, who do not live with the people they care for, can now benefit from free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through a new national scheme.
Almost two-thirds of councils have already signed up to help unpaid carers in their areas to access free PPE. The Minister for Care, Rt Hon Helen Whately MP, is inviting more councils to take part so unpaid carers can continue to keep themselves and those they care for safe from coronavirus.