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FRONTLINE workers at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have raised concerns over the lack of single-use visors available during the coronavirus outbreak.

It comes just days after technicians at the Royal Hospital for Children launched an appeal, asking members of the public for donations of 1/2 mm A4 acetate sheets so as they could construct the visors themselves.

The visor - which covers the full face of a frontline worker - acts as a barrier between themselves and suspected coronavirus patients.

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A nurse has told the Glasgow Times the severe shortage is forcing members of staff to wash and re-use the single-use shielding equipment.

She said: "The appeal is in place because the hospital is so short of them.

"Staff are having to clean and reuse them when they are meant to be single use.

Another added: "The lack of guidance from management about the safe use of PPE is worrying myself and my colleagues.

"There is a lack of the correct PPE - we are running out of hand sanitiser and currently sharing one visor between units to carry out high risk procedures on patients.

"While we are dedicated to our patient care, we are rightly concerned about the unacceptable risks we face when looking after these patients.

"Front line nursing and medical staff are in grave danger of contacting COVID-19."

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said that there are two types of visors: One is single-use and the other is designed to be "reused after a rigorous cleaning process".

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A spokeswoman added: "We follow the guidance for both these types of visors".

Earlier this week, chiefs at the British Medical Association (BMA) said there is “growing evidence that thousands of GPs and hospital staff are still not being provided with the kit they need to properly protect themselves and their patients” - despite Government assurances.

The Association warned that more patients and staff will become sick unless immediate steps are taken.