A CHILDREN'S hospice in Oswestry has made an urgent plea for specialist equipment to help them safely continue to provide crisis and end-of-life care to local terminally ill children.

Personal Protective Equipment is in chronically short supply throughout the United Kingdom, with organisations such as hospices unable to access it through their usual suppliers.

Hope House in Oswestry is continuing to offer specialist nursing care to families with terminally-ill children.

They are also working to support the NHS and free up hospital beds and resources by helping to avoid children with life-threatening conditions from being admitted to hospital and supporting children who have been discharged early from hospital for specialist care.

New guidelines mean that both nurses and parents need to wear protective equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep themselves and the children they are caring for safe.

Director of care, Karen Wright, said the equipment is necessary for parents to spend time with their children.

"Not only do our nurses need to wear surgical gowns and masks, but parents do too if they are spending time with their child," said Karen.

"We desperately need more equipment because we cannot get to the stage where parents are unable to be with their children and comfort them at the end of their lives. That would be unthinkable."

The PPE equipment urgently needed at both Hope House includes fluid resistant gowns and/or non-fluid-resistant gowns, fluid resistant masks (Type 2), respirators (FFP3) and disposable full face visors.

If any company has access to any of these items and can either donate or sell them to the hospices, call 01691 671999.