One of the challenges for health workers on Covid wards has been wearing uncomfortable personal protective equipment, like tight-fitting masks and goggles, for hours at a time.
Now defence and aerospace company BAE Systems has teamed up with a Lancashire-based family-owned company, Lancastle, to design a full-face protective hood.
Known as the Morecambe Bay Hood, it has a large clear visor and has been designed free of charge.
It delivers a continuous stream of clean filtered air, which the makers say helps stop the visor fogging up, and improves communication between staff and patients by making it easier to see facial expressions.
The respirators are due to be be rolled out to hospital wards in Lancashire and South Cumbria over the coming weeks.
Dr Sarah Price, a consultant in palliative medicine at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said the hood was a "game-changer".
"It's comfortable, easily cleanable and it means that the whole of your face is on show for those interactions that really matter," she added.