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Coronavirus (COVID-19): PPE distribution statistics

These statistics show the latest number of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items which have been issued to the health and social care system in Scotland by National Services Scotland.

Published:
24 Nov 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19): PPE distribution statistics

These statistics show the latest number of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items which have been issued to the health and social care system in Scotland by National Services Scotland. In publishing this data, we aim to provide a regular summary for ministers, policy makers and external stakeholders on PPE items distributed. We intend to release these statistics weekly while they remain relevant to the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Main results

  • since 1 March 2020, National Procurement as part of National Services Scotland, has issued over 1,505 million items of PPE to the health and social care sectors in Scotland.
  • in the seven days to Wednesday 24th November 2021, over 18.1 million items were issued.

Table 1: Number of PPE items issued

Item

Since 1 March 2020

In the seven days to 24th November 2021

Aprons

251,225,463

2,707,900

Goggles

2,850,884

0

Type IIR masks

259,616,725

2,735,875

FFP3 masks

9,399,587

66,745

Face visors

16,561,391

137,160

Gloves (singles)

958,327,810

12,438,900

Gowns (non sterile fluid-resistant)

5,028,558

55,580

Gowns (sterile)

1,830,180

24,470

Hand sanitiser

968,525

5,408

Total

1,505,809,123

18,172,038

Source: NHS NSS National Procurement

The reporting of PPE items issued is based on individual units:

  • gloves are reported as 1 unit = 1 glove (gloves come in singles not as pairs)
  • hand sanitiser is reported in litres

Quality and methodology information

This data is management information provided to the Scottish Government by the NHS NSS National Procurement. National Procurement procures and distributes PPE for the health and social care sectors in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. We are publishing this to provide a weekly summary of PPE items issued while it remains relevant to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This data has not undergone the same level of quality assurance as official statistics and the data may be subject to future revisions.

Data includes stock issued from National Procurement only and does not include any stock procured directly by the NHS, local authorities or the care sector. It reflects a snapshot at a point in time of a dynamic position. This release reports on PPE items issued since 1 March 2020 as this represents the point at which the current reporting arrangements were established.

Data included in this release is correct at 8am on 24 November 2021.

National Statistics status

These statistics are not Official Statistics. However, as far as has been practicable, they have been collected and validated in accordance with the pillars and principles within the Code of Practice for Statistics. We continue to develop the data collection and quality assurance process to improve the data.

These statistics have been produced quickly in response to developing world events.

Next update

This is currently a weekly statistical release. It will be published every Wednesday. We will review the frequency in line with changing user need. The next release will be on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

We welcome any feedback on any aspect of these statistics which can be provided by email to the address below.

Contact

Email: ruth.paterson@gov.scot

First published: 24 Nov 2021 Last updated: 18 Nov 2021 -