NHS staff in Aberdeen have welcomed the first delivery of medical standard hand sanitiser from BrewDog.

The brewing company, based in the north-east, has turned its focus to producing BrewDog Sanitiser at its distillery in Aberdeenshire to distribute for free amid shortages driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS Grampian’s head of procurement, Steven Glass, was on site with frontline workers to receive the supply of 5000 bottles – praising the “phenomenal support” of local businesses like BrewDog in the fightback against Covid-19.

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Glass said: “In the unprecedented times we face today, we all need to step up and do what we can to help.

“It’s heartening that firms like BrewDog are choosing to play their part, and helping protect our NHS workers on the frontline across Grampian.

"This serves as yet another example of the phenomenal support we’ve received from a number of businesses in the local community.

“By working together, and continuing to follow the government advice, we will get through this pandemic.”

BrewDog’s founder, James Watt, said it had already distributed over 100,000 bottles of sanitiser to north-east community groups as well as charities including the Archie Foundation and Aberlour – with with NHS community nursing staff across Grampian due to receive their supplies on Wednesday.

Watt said: "BrewDog have been working super closely with our friends at NHS Grampian to meet their high specification sanitiser.

“We wanted to do everything we could do to support the incredible job that the team there are doing. It has been a huge collaborative effort and we are delighted that the 80% BrewDog NHS Sanitiser is now being shipped to them this week.”

A spokesperson for NHS Grampian added: "The BrewDog NHS sanitiser is now approved and we will get them out early next week. Thanks to all involved at BrewDog."

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