Posted: 30 April, 2020

Scrubs With Love

Alumnae, Arts, Community, Design, General, News, Senior School

With all hands-on deck during the Coronavirus outbreak, Putney High School’s Design Technology and Textiles departments have been the hub of a concerted effort by staff and students to support the NHS and local care centres by making PPE scrubs and visors.

Regular Wednesday workshops have been involving Junior and Senior keyworkers’ children who have been in school at Putney throughout the lockdown and able to take part, between lessons, learning important new textiles skills and helping staff with both making garment and writing messages of hope to include in the packages.

We want as many of the Juniors to be able to access the project as possible, which is where the messages of hope come in.

Ms A Katz
(Teacher of Art)

The team use patterns from Scrub Hub. Fabric and materials are sourced from local businesses and thanks to a well-equipped department complete with pattern cutting tables, sewing machines and overlockers, production was able to get quickly under way.

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Scrubs with Love’ team’s first batch of surgical hats was extremely well received and have already being worn by NHS staff at Kingston Hospital who were delighted with them.

Three bags for Tidworth Army hospital,  one whole scrub set and one hat has been sent to GDST alumna (and speaker at Putney High) Dr Kate Mayers, an Obstetrician and Genealogical Consultant at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

One hat has also been sent to a veterinary centre, whose company gave up some of their PPE for the NHS.

To add a bit of extra love, the Junior School created rainbow transfers so that all the scrubs made would have a special rainbow printed on them.

Click on the map below to see all the places where our scrubs have been delivered to.

The younger children are involved in making hats and washbags and helping with certain aspects of production, like cutting out and pinning. We are also sending out video tutorials to some of our GCSE and A Level textiles students who are volunteering to sew from home.

Dr J Brandon
(Deputy Head, Co-Curricular and Outreach)

PPE Visors

The 3D printers in Putney’s Design Technology department have been busy churning out parts for PPE visors. Since last Monday, the team have manufactured the component parts for over 1000 face shields for distribution across hospitals and health centres in London. They were collected by a volunteer from the Helpful Engineering initiative and sent to an assembly centre where they will be disinfected and assembled prior to distribution throughout London.

Cook for the NHS

Ms Neale has been cooking up a storm in her kitchen, she continues to support NHS staff by making sure they receive delicious nutritional meals while on the go.

A Team Effort

Flo in Year 11 (pictured below), was one of several students who were quick to respond to the call from Emergency Designer Network, making sets of PPE trousers at home, according to patterns approved by the Royal Free Hospital in London. She has just packed off the first set of 10.

Meanwhile, Headmistress Suzie Longstaff received a call from Mary Mescall, Putney’s ex-head of Design Technology asking to “borrow an overlocker.” Mary is one of many members of staff, and alumnae who are involved in projects across the country, sewing PPE.

Saskia Bulstrode (class of 2018 – left) and her mother have been volunteering at the London Fashion School to sew much needed PPE out of theatre drapes for the Royal Brompton Hospital.

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