Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Leeds City Council is working with the Department of Health and Social Care, and in partnership with Carers Leeds to offer free personal protective equipment (PPE) to unpaid carers living in Leeds. If you don’t live in Leeds, please contact your local authority or find your local carers centre.

To get free PPE, you need to be an adult who:

  • Lives in the Leeds area (paying council tax to Leeds City Council)
  • Looks after a friend or family member due to disability, age, addiction or health condition

It is important to note that the use of PPE is recommended for unpaid carers and not mandatory.

The level of PPE you need will depend on the type of care you provide. We recommend that you follow the guidance on PPE in domiciliary care to determine which items of PPE you will need and in what quantities.

  1. Personal care – involves touching the person you care for, and refers to the support of personal and private hygiene, along with toileting dressing and applying medication and creams.
  • Apron
  • Gloves
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask
  • Eye protection, either a visor or goggles, can be used
  1. When you are within 2 metres of the person you care for who has a cough
  • Apron
  • Gloves
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask
  • Eye protection, either a visor or goggles, can be used
  1. When you are within 2 metres of the person you care for (for whatever reason) but not touching them
  • Surgical face mask
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • No apron and gloves required (unless you would normally use them for the task you are doing)
  1. When you are caring for a person who is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (have been advised to shield).
  • Any type of Surgical face mask or shield
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • No eye protection is required
  1. When you can maintain 2 metres away from the person you are caring for
  • Any type of Surgical face mask or shield
  • Hand sanitiser

It is very important that you follow the guidance regarding when to replace your PPE, how to put it on and how to take it off. There is also a video available here, detailing how to put on and take off PPE safely.

It is important that used PPE is be taken off safely and disposed of safely in the normal domestic waste. As this has not been generated by a healthcare worker it is not classed as clinical or healthcare waste.

Please only order the PPE you need for the next month. If you run out, please place a new order.

PPE online order form

If you need any help or support ordering PPE, please contact the Carers Advice Line on 0113 380 4300 and a Carer Support Worker can place your order over the telephone.