King's College Taunton DT dept help local hospital by making microscope shields

After some impressive lateral thinking by Musgrove Park Hospital Ophthalmology, the DT department at King’s College, Taunton was contacted to see if they could manufacture a number of large breath shields for their slit lamp microscopes.

"It’s really great to be able to assist our health professionals in some way," said DT technician Ross Friend.

31st March 2020 — These shields provide a physical barrier between the patient and eye doctor thereby reducing the chance of passing on COVID-19 should either person be infected.

Within a few hours of the hospital emailing over the templates, DT technician Ross Friend placed an order for the necessary materials, and drew up the necessary CAD files to produce a batch of samples on the DT laser cutter.

Later that same day the Ophthalmology department trialled the samples and after a minor modification to both shield variants, approval was given to manufacture the remainder.

By the end of the next day, the hospital department had extended breath shields installed on all their microscopes.

Commenting, Ross said: “It’s really great to be able to assist our health professionals in some way, even if it is only something thing like providing them with an additional level of Personal Protective Equipment. I’m proud to have done something to help.”

King's College Taunton (Coed 13-18) is a day and boarding school in Somerset.

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