A GROUP of passionate volunteers are creating scrubs for healthcare workers at the Wonthaggi Medical Group.

Seventeen volunteers from the Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast group have been working on the scrubs, with support from Wonthaggi Fabrics and Beads and Free 3D Hands on Phillip Island.

The Wonthaggi Medical Group opened a COVID-19 clinic on Monday, May 4 – one of six new assessment clinics set up across Gippsland.

Gayle Bloch from the Wonthaggi Medical Group praised the community for coming together in a time of need.

“The scrubs are fantastic. They even include this wonderful splash of colour on the pockets,” she said of her scrubs, while Dr Nola Maxfield’s featured a beautiful flora pattern with blue pockets.

So, how did it come about?

Aileen Vening from Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast said she received an email from a friend to see if they would be creating face masks but after contacting Wonthaggi Medical Group, it was decided there was a greater need for scrubs.

Social distancing is in place across Wonthaggi, including outside Mitchell and Co Traditional Butchery on Graham Street.

“I sent an email out to the 50 people on our Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast contact list and the response was overwhelming,” Aileen said.

They’re aiming to create around 50 scrubs of various sizes and they’re well on their way to achieving it.

And it’s all being done from each volunteer’s home to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.

“There has been 17 people involved with 10 sewing and others involved in cutting, etc.,” Aileen said.

The scrubs can be tossed into the hot wash and they don’t even need ironing.

Gayle said the community spirit had been incredible.

Mat Bowtell from Free 3D Hands covered the costs of the fabric.

“He’s very passionate about providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),” Gayle said.

Free 3D Hands has also been providing free face shields to frontline healthcare workers through 3D printing.