NHS Volunteer Responders explained: How to help most vulnerable amid coronavirus outbreak

Appeal for NHS volunteers brings in 170000 sign-ups

Appeal for NHS volunteers brings in 170000 sign-ups

More than 170,000 people have signed up to give up their time to an NHS Volunteer Responders scheme within hours of it launching.

"We are seeking a quarter of million volunteers - people in good health - to help the NHS, for shopping, in delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded to protect their own health".

Patient Transport volunteer: Supporting the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home. Some volunteer roles will involve checking in on those at risk of loneliness.

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable".

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable, so I would urge anyone who can to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder today".

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The NHS volunteer responders will be called on to do simple tasks such as delivering medicine from pharmacies, driving patients to and from appointments and bringing them home from hospital, and making regular phone calls to check in on those who are isolating at home. "I urge those of you who can to register today, support our NHS and help vulnerable people shielding at home". From delivering essential prescriptions to calling to check on the wellbeing of those self-isolating.

Mr Hancock said: "I know how anxious people are and while this is a great time of turbulence, it is a moment too that the country can come together in that national effort. We must continue to listen to and live by the latest medical and scientific advice and through this national effort we can truly make a difference".

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable".

"It's an absolutely astonishing response".

It has been estimated that around 1.5 million vulnerable people have been told to stay inside for 12 weeks to shield them from the virus, including those over the age of 70 and those with underlying health conditions.

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