NHSMasksNow
NHSMasksNow

We are NHS staff collecting unused masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) and raising £250,000 to buy more to protect NHS staff from coronavirus

Our Mission

This is a time-critical issue. There is a desperate shortage of effective PPE TODAY because, despite the best efforts of the government and the NHS to buy more, there isn’t enough well-fitted PPE available for all our NHS colleagues. Without PPE, NHS staff are potentially endangering themselves and could unknowingly spread the disease. The number of cases is expected to rise and many doctors around the world have contracted COVID19 while caring for sick patients.

Each mask or PPE you donate or help purchase could potentially save lives. Your contributions will be directly delivered to NHS staff in hospitals and GPs, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, porters, cleaners, kitchen staff and everyone needed to keep the NHS working.

How You Can Help

We need your help so that together we can achieve the following goals:

1. COLLECT UNUSED MASKS AND PPE

Please donate any unused PPE you may have, which includes face-masks and goggles (see below for suggestions). We will help collect and deliver these to the NHS.

2. RAISE FUNDS TO BUY MORE PPE

We need your help to raise £250,000 to purchase masks/PPE from reliable international suppliers, which meets international safety standards. We will deliver PPE directly to NHS staff who need them.

3. SPREAD AWARENESS AND ORGANISE LOCAL COLLECTIONS

You can help spread the word about this and other similar initiatives (like a campaign for masks run by London doctors), or help to organise local collections around the country.

Who We Are

We are NHS colleagues (doctors and nurses) who work in the orthopaedic department at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford and the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. We want to help support our brilliant colleagues and work friends during this crisis. Aman and Salma trained in Cambridge and undertook specialist orthopaedic registrar training in Oxford, where they worked with Jaswinder Sami.

Mr Aman Sharma MBBS, MRCSEd, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon), FRCS (Orth)

Mr Aman Sharma MBBS, MRCSEd, MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon), FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar
Miss Salma Chaudhury MB BChir, MRCS, DPhil (Oxon), FRCS (Orth)

Miss Salma Chaudhury MB BChir, MRCS, DPhil (Oxon), FRCS (Orth)

Orthopaedic Clinical Lecturer
Miss Jaswinder Sami

Miss Jaswinder Sami

Deputy Sister in Orthopaedics

Why Do We Need Help TODAY?

With thousands more coronavirus cases predicted over the coming weeks, we need to protect our NHS heroes immediately from TODAY by providing them with whatever PPE we can immediately access. This is why we are asking people to donate any masks they may already have. We have already seen in the UK and other countries that some selfless doctors who were caring for patients ended up contracting coronavirus themselves.  The risk of contracting coronavirus is reduced with PPE, particularly with N95 face masks and FFP2/3 masks. Your contributions will be directly delivered to NHS staff in hospitals, which includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, porters, cleaners, kitchen staff and all the people in many roles required to keep the NHS working.

We are working to support government measures and the NHS across the United Kingdom. However we cannot wait for delayed deliveries or manufacturing when we desperately need PPE immediately to protect and save lives

Donation Supplies Guide

You can donate the following unused items which you may have access to at home or through work to help save the lives of NHS heroes. If you have queries about suitability, you can email photos to us at NHSMasksNow@gmail.com or salma.chaudhury@ndorms.ox.ac.uk

  • N95 face masks
  • FFP (filtering facepiece) masks
  • Surgical masks
  • Fluid resistant gowns
  • Face shields
  • Eye Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Hand Sanitisers
  • visors

More Campaign Information

Further information and interviews about the campaign can/will be found on the following media outlets:

  • Jack FM, Oxford
  • BBC, Oxford

Supporting Heroes

Here are some stories about some of the heroes in the public who have made incredibly generous donations to immediately help NHS frontline workers.

Matthew Vellacott

Matthew Vellacott

Buckinghamshire
Matthew has donated FFP2 and FFP3 masks and respirators from Helpful Hirings Ltd
Martin Bear

Martin Bear

Buckinghamshire
Martin has donated 100 FFP2 and FFP3 masks from Edmundson Electricals
Alex Hua

Alex Hua

China
200 FFPs donated by Alex Hua on behalf of Friends From China.

Donation Centres

We are hoping to collect and deliver masks to the following hospitals on the list below. You can email us at NHSMasksNow@gmail.com for details about drop offs.

  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
  • John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
  • High Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe
  • Milton Keynes Hospital, Milton Keynes
  • Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham
  • Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

Contact Us

Please contact us if you want to donate supplies or have any questions at

NHSMasksNow@gmail.com OR
salma.chaudhury@ndorms.ox.ac.uk