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28th March 2020

Royal Mint To Start Making Medical Visors

BY: Ben Dain-Smith

The Royal Mint have begun manufacturing medical visors to assist the NHS response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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In a statement thanking the Mint for their contribution to the efforts, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board explained:

"The team found a rudimentary design for a medical visor online, and began developing high specification prototypes – turning the concept into an approved design in just 48 hours. In addition, The Royal Mint has been supplying the local NHS with other essential PPE equipment from its stores, and offering other support."

The Royal Mint, based in Pontyclun, is a government-owned mint that produces coins for the United Kingdom and abroad. The organisation moved from London to South Wales in 1971, the same year as decimalisation in the UK.

Leighton John, Director of Operations for The Royal Mint said: “My sister works for the NHS and it really focuses your mind on the challenge they are facing, and the opportunity we have to support them.

“We set our engineers the task of developing essential medical equipment which could be easily made on site – within 12 hours they’d created a medical visor, and within 72 hours it was approved for mass manufacture.”

The announcement comes after the team at the Royal Mint developed a successful prototype to help protect frontline care workers, with the first batch of visors are already in use at the Royal Glamorgan.

Dr Sharon Hopkins, CEO of Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, said of the move: “We are incredibly grateful to the Royal Mint for this work. This equipment will be vitally important for our frontline staff to protect themselves and others as they work to respond to the COVID19 pandemic. It is also an excellent example of teams working collaboratively to provide safer environments for our staff and patients.

“The generosity of organisations such as the Royal Mint as well as our communities has been humbling and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support for our staff and the NHS.”

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