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1. National headline figures

These statistics show the latest number of PPE items which have been issued to the health and social care system in Wales.

Main results

  • Since 9 March 2020, the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) has issued just under 228 million items of PPE to the health and social care sectors in Wales.
  • In the seven days to Sunday 19 July 2020, over 12 million items were issued.
Table 1: Number of PPE items issued, up to 19 July 2020
Item Since 9 March 2020 In the seven days to 19 July 2020
Aprons 43,583,000 4,672,950
Body bags 7,663 10
Eye protector 1,601,139 300
Type I and Type II Masks 450,100 16,650
Type IIR masks 63,276,596 2,343,785
FFP2 masks 71,630 0
FFP3 masks 1,376,662 46,770
Face visors 2,087,406 31,760
Fit test kits and spares 4,585 4
Gloves 110,423,750 5,166,050
Gloves cuff 961,750 17,750
Gowns (fluid-resistant) 917,925 11,650
Gowns (other) 182,585 5,724
Hand sanitiser 175,089 6,220
Hand wipes 2,714,500 144,250
Respirator filters 22,176 0
Respirator hoods 99 0
Total 227,856,655 12,463,873

Source: NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

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

  • gloves where a unit is reported based on the unit size of a pack
  • hand sanitiser where the unit is a bottle regardless of size

Respirator Filters and Respirator Hoods have been added to this list of personal protective items issued as part of the pandemic response.

2. Quality and methodology information

This data is management information provided to the Welsh Government by the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP). NWSSP procures and distributes PPE for the health and social care sectors in Wales on behalf of the Welsh 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 NWSSP only and does not include any stock procured directly by the NHS or local authorities. The data will include PPE procured directly by NWSSP as well as PPE distributed to NWSSP by the UK Government. It reflects a snapshot at a point in time of a dynamic position.

This release reports on PPE items issued since 9 March 2020 as this represents the point at which the current reporting arrangements were established.

Data included in this release is correct at 8pm on 19 July 2020.

National Statistics status

These statistics are not National 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.

Well-being of Future Generations Act

The Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015 is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of Wales. The Act puts in place seven wellbeing goals for Wales. These are for a more equal, prosperous, resilient, healthier and globally responsible Wales, with cohesive communities and a vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language. Under section (10)(1) of the Act, the Welsh Ministers must (a) publish indicators ('national indicators') that must be applied for the purpose of measuring progress towards the achievement of the wellbeing goals, and (b) lay a copy of the national indicators before the National Assembly. The 46 national indicators were laid in March 2016.

Information on the indicators, along with narratives for each of the well-being goals and associated technical information is available in the Well-being of Wales report.

Further information on the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The statistics included in this release could also provide supporting narrative to the national indicators and be used by public services boards in relation to their local well-being assessments and local wellbeing plans.

Next update

This is currently a weekly statistical release. It will be published at 09:30am every Thursday. We will review the frequency in line with changing user need.

The next release will be on Thursday 30 July.

We want your feedback

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

3. Contact details

Statistician: Abi Woodham
Telephone: 0300 025 1053

Media: 0300 025 8099

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