Drayton & Taverham

Dentist helps care homes

Just Regional
Apr 24, 2020 2 mins read

A dentist from Drayton, who was horrified by the lack of personal protective equipment available to our region’s care staff, has made a donation of vital face masks to help them.

Gautam Sharma, who lives in the village and runs the West Earlham Dental Practice in Norwich, had to close his surgery as a consequence of the UK-wide lockdown and social distancing implications.

So he gathered his remaining stock and passed it on to East Anglia Care Homes.

With two properties in Norfolk – one in Wyomondham and the other, Halvergate House, in North Walsham –  the company had almost run out by Easter Sunday, and were delighted to be offered some 500 face masks to allow staff to serve their elderly and vulnerable residents safely.

Dr Sharma said: “It breaks my heart to hear how staff in the health and care sector are struggling to get the very equipment they need to do their job safely. While it’s been incredibly distressing to have to close the doors of the practice for now, it has placed us in a position of having stock available which could more immediately be of use to others.”

Gautam Sharma with some of the equipment he donated to help care home staff.

And he is calling on other dentists to step forward with stock which is currently going unused.

“I know there will be others like myself who cannot continue to provide direct patient services during this period, so I would urge them to consider generously donating supplies,” he said.

Any care professionals with surplus stock, or organisations in need of supplies, are encouraged to get in contact with Dr Sharma on 01603 250583 or email smiles@westearlhamdental.co.uk.

Those in need of dental services are reminded that urgent hubs exist in Norwich and Lowestoft.

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