Pam Loughna, who worked as a Consultant Obstetrician at the Trust until 2017, is leading an army of volunteers to make the bags.
This is so after a shift, staff can put their uniform straight into the bag – and then the washing machine -to avoid contaminating anything at home. So far the team has made over 1000 of the laundry bags.
Pam said: “I belong to a WhatsApp group of medics who I qualified with and one of them mentioned that her daughter had asked her to make a draw string laundry bag.
“I asked my friends if they thought making the laundry bags was a good idea for our local area and we agreed that it was.”
Pam gathered volunteers to help her and a core group was formed called the ‘Alverton Baggers’. The group are neighbours in the villages of Alverton and Kilvington and members include Pam, alongside her friends Alexandra, Emma, Cath, Claire and Faye.
“Friends in the village have been donating material and the bulk of it has been donated by Merchant Fabrics Ltd, Nottingham,” said Pam.
“Staff from Nottinghamshire clothing company Clothing Manufacturing Technology Ltd, who have been furloughed, also volunteered to help and they have made approximately 750 of the bags in their own homes, with fabric donated by Clomantec.”
Pam said it now takes her about 10-15 minutes to make a laundry bag and some of the first bags were made from old pillow cases, old duvet covers and sheets. These were donated by friends and neighbours, including Ann and Graham Maclean.
Laundry bags have also been made by ladies from Car Colston and Screveton WI and Granby WI.
Katie Moore, Head of Patient Public Involvement at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: “We are so grateful to Pam and her group for making these laundry bags for our hospitals. We trialled these out at first to see if staff liked them but they have found them really useful and now we are hoping to get these bags to more of our staff.
“Community groups and businesses including Hilary Blinds in Nottingham have been showing their support in various different ways such as making wash bags and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity.”
If anyone would like to make a laundry bag they should contact: [email protected]
All laundry bags should be: Made of cotton, have a drawstring, be 40cm X 60cm and the material must be suitable so the bags can be washed at 60° centigrade.