The City of Peterborough and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) are pleased to announce they have partnered to collect community donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for redistribution to medical agencies and other essential services in the area.

A trailer to store donations has been provided by Fleming College’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program, and is now on-site at PRHC. Both opened and unopened packages of PPE and other key supplies will be accepted.

“The health and safety of our frontline workers in healthcare and other essential services is a top priority,” said Mayor Diane Therrien. “Our community has come together during the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope that those who have PPE supplies will give generously.”

“We have continued to see such tremendous support from our community as we have worked to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic at PRHC, and we are so grateful for the many ways that individuals and organizations have already contributed to these efforts,” said Brenda Weir, vice-president at PRHC. “As our healthcare workers here continue to provide care and support for acutely ill patients from across our community and region, it is important for us to ensure they have ongoing access to necessary PPE and supplies, while at the same time supporting our community partners who are in need of supplies as well. We are pleased to partner with the City of Peterborough to ensure we are achieving both of these important goals.”

Donations of the following equipment and supplies (opened or unopened) are welcome:

  • Protective gloves (nitrile only)
  • Protective gowns (AAMI, L2 rating or greater)
  • Face shields
  • N-95 masks
  • Ear loop masks (ASTMF2100-11, L2 rating or greater) with and without face shield
  • Respirator masks – full and half P100 (small, medium and large sizes)
  • Filters – Particulate P100 Bayonet 3M7093
  • Hand sanitizer (79% ethanol or 60%-70% isopropyl alcohol)

Donations of any of the items listed above can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the PRHC loading dock, located at the south end of the hospital building. Donors are asked to access the loading dock via Alexander Avenue, and should knock on the door adjacent to the loading dock ramp. All donors will be screened for symptoms of illness – anyone with symptoms is asked to please stay home.

Please advise workers at the donation centre if the packaging has been opened or not. If it has been opened, please deliver the PPE in a sealed bag.

Medical agencies and other essential services around the city in need of PPE are invited to email directly to coordinate a drop-off.

Learn more about the Peterborough PPE drive. For large-quantity donations, please contact Meghan Darwin at to coordinate.

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact:
Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services, City of Peterborough or 705-742-7777 ext. 1636

Michelene Ough, Director, Communications, Peterborough Regional Health Centre