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Coronavirus in Moray: Scrubs material for Elgin medical staff


By Alistair Whitfield

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Vital supplies have been delivered to help NHS staff in Elgin with the help of ScotRail.

On Friday the train operator loaded 30 bales of fabric onto an off-peak service from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness.

The material is now being made into hospital scrubs by the volunteer group NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs.

These full uniforms will be worn by staff in Elgin, as well as Inverness and Caithness.

ScotRail delivered the material free of charge to Inverness Station on Friday.
ScotRail delivered the material free of charge to Inverness Station on Friday.

David Simpson, ScotRail's operations director, said: "By transporting the scrubs free of charge we hope it will allow the volunteers to spend more money on materials to make more of this vital equipment."

NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs has more than 300 volunteer machinists across the country making NHS-approved scrubs and donating them to hospitals in need.

More than £41,000 has been raised in public donations to buy fabric and sewing materials.

Holly Baxter-Weir, Organiser at NHS Scotland for the Love of Scrubs, said: "We’re really thankful for ScotRail’s help in distributing this fabric, as well as other supplies we need to allow us to continue to support the NHS.

"This delivery has saved us enough money in courier fees to make another 43 sets of full uniforms, which is really just incredible. It makes such a difference and allows our funds to stretch further."

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