Bosses Rebuilding: SouthMED's Chris Hopkins

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Jul 2020, 8:41PM
Mark Seaton, Chris Hopkins, William Early and Andrew Wallace look on as Richard Aimers tries on a ventilator hood made in Dunedin. Photo / ODT

Bosses Rebuilding: SouthMED's Chris Hopkins

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Jul 2020, 8:41PM

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, it seemed that nobody could get their hands on sanitiser, PPE, or ventilators.

One of the things you couldn't order was respirator hoods. If you haven't seen these before, they look a little bit like a see-through plastic bucket that fits over the head, used to help people with their breathing.

The situation needed some classic Kiwi ingenuity. Enter Chris Hopkins, who founded SouthMED to build the hoods - from scratch!

He's now got 200 being built, soon ready to be used by our DHBs.

He joined Heather du Plessis-Allan on Bosses Rebuilding to discuss how this came about.

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