DOCTOR DONATIONS: TV Doctors are helping real ones out by donating equipment!
THE people behind popular TV shows set in hospitals have donated useful PPE like masks, gowns and gloves to real hospitals fighting COVID-19.
PPE stands for personal protective equipment and there has been a lot of demand for it since the coronavirus pandemic began. Protecting the people that are helping to save lives is of the utmost importance.
Medical supplies from long-running US hospital drama Grey’s Anatomy have been donated to hospitals in Los Angeles. Krista Vernoff, who’s in charge of the show, said: “At Grey’s Anatomy, we have a backstock of gowns and gloves which we are donating. We are all overwhelmed with gratitude for our healthcare workers during this incredibly difficult time.”
UK shows like Casualty and Holby City have also donated PPE to NHS hospitals. Executive producer Simon Harper said: “Casualty and Holby City are all about celebrating NHS heroism, so we are only too happy to help out and do what we can for the courageous and selfless real-life medics battling this situation.”
It’s not just hospitals being helped out either. US firefighting show Station 19 has donated equipment to firefighters in Ontario, California. Vernoff is also the showrunner for this drama, and said: “At Station 19, we were lucky enough to have about 300 of the coveted [wanted] N95 masks, which we donated to our local fire station. They were tremendously grateful.”
It’s heartwarming to see how even pretend frontline workers can help their real counterparts, thanks to the realistic TV shows using real-world, and now much-needed, equipment.