With the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic there has been a massive demand for protective face masks, sterile gloves and other items of personal protective equipment. The NHS is taking delivery of millions of these products on a daily basis, on top of huge demand from private individuals and businesses. These items tend to be lightweight but bulky, and hospitals and other large organisations have needed to find a lot of storage space to maintain their stocks. in this article we discuss why shipping containers are in high demand for PPE storage and how we can help anyone needing a shipping container for storage of PPE equipment.
Shipping Containers for Hospitals
As soon as the seriousness of the threat from Covid-19 was realised our health service started taking emergency measures to deal with the expected intake of patients. Hospitals were building up large stocks of PPE and vital medical supplies, whilst looking to expand their treatment facilities in any indoor space available. By bringing in shipping containers these hospitals were able to utilise outdoor space for storage, leaving more space inside for extra beds.
Throughout the lockdown period we have continued to operate and have pledged to prioritise deliveries for health services and key businesses until the crisis is over. Our hauliers have worked with us, postponing other jobs if required to get deliveries out to essential services as quickly as possible. Newham Hospital (near London Docklands) and East Surrey Hospital contacted us early on the lockdown period. They were both looking to shipping containers for additional storage for large quantities of PPE supplies. In both cases we were able to get containers delivered the next working day following order, ready to be used immediately.
Instant Storage Solution for PPE
Thanks to our priority delivery arrangements we can deliver a basic shipping container very quickly. This will be perfect for most storage needs and will be ready to use as soon as it’s delivered. Shipping Containers can attract condensation however, so if you’re storing items that are very sensitive to moisture you will need to consider insulating your container. Our self-fit insulation kits are the ideal solution, these are kept in stock and can be delivered rapidly if needed. You’ll need to allow about an hour for two people to fit the kit, which will provide a similar level of insulation to 55mm thick polystyrene insulation. This will give a more stable temperature inside the container and eliminate condensation, ideal for storing even the most sensitive PPE supplies.
For keeping your items in order and accessible we can also deliver our racking kits as a priority. The are available in light, standard and heavy duty options and come in a variety of kits to suit any shelving arrangement.
With priority delivery arrangements and a little assembly on-site you can have a fully insulated shipping container, complete with racking, on site and ready to go in a matter of days. Suitable for storage of PPE and other sensitive items, your container will have cost significantly less than a traditional building, and been ready in days rather than months or longer!
Shipping Containers for essential services
If it is to assist with any essential service during the pandemic, we will be happy to prioritise your enquiry and delivery. Services considered essential at this time are:
- Health and social care
- Education and childcare
- Food and other necessary goods
- Key public services
- Local and national government
- Utility workers
- Public safety and national security
We have supplied containers to all of these sectors for storage, not just for PPE. There are a very wide range of provisions that have been made to keep the country fed and supplied with essential items, most of which have involved shipping containers in one way or another!
If you are involved with any of these services please let us know when you enquire that you are providing an essential service and we will do everything we can to help.
Let us know what you need
Budgetshippingcontainers.co.uk offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.
If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).