RNRMC Helps Erskine Keep COVID-19 At Bay

12 August 2020

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) have awarded a grant of £10,000 to Erskine to help purchase thermal imaging equipment for Erskine's four Homes and their Activities Centre in response to COVID-19.

Thermal imaging

There have been no cases of COVID-19 at Erskine for several months. However, caution must remain for the safety of their Veterans and staff as Scotland’s lockdown restrictions continue to be lifted. The thermal imaging system is calibrated to detect small temperature increases in people entering the buildings. Erskine can ensure that those with a raised temperature do not enter, reducing the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission. This is hugely important as Erskine begin to welcome visitors to our Homes again and start to re-open the Activities Centre. The equipment will also have significant long-term benefits for infection control at Erskine as it will help detect any future variants of coronavirus, norovirus or seasonal flu.

The RNRMC have worked closely with Erskine over the past ten years and this is the second grant awarded to the care provider in 2020. This partnership working helps ensure highest standard of care and support for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans during this challenging time and beyond.

Thermal imaging

Erskine’s Director of Care, Derek Barron: “We are extremely grateful to The Royal Navy and Marines Charity for their latest generous donation. This £10,000 grant will greatly benefit Royal Navy and Royal Marines Veterans at Erskine’s Homes and our Activities Centre in Bishopton. The installation of thermal imaging cameras will enable us to identify any staff and visitors entering our buildings who have a raised temperature, significantly aiding us in our attempts to control COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses. This will help Erskine to continue delivering the expert care and support that Scotland’s Veterans truly deserve, even more so at this challenging time.”