The NHS is currently directing staff not to wipe and re-use face shields, for fear of crosscontamination and consequently the shields are single use only and continuously need to be replaced. To help resolve this problem Xander Saban-Smith (16), an Eggar’s School pupil, has made 500 face shields for staff at Alton Community Hospital and the Alton Health Centre in compliance with a standard NHS design, using 3D printers and laser cutters.
Described by the Matron at Alton Community Hospital as her “hero” a donation of £395 from Alton Lions Club (CIO) for materials is enabling Xander to embark on a further production run of 500 face shields for local use.
Xander, who is hoping to study engineering design and technology at Alton College in September, is happy to be in a position to help by providing these much needed face shields. In addition, to keeping him busy during lockdown, the venture is providing him with valuable engineering experience.