Your NHS needs you! Government issues urgent appeal for volunteers

Nurses plead with PM to send supplies to treat coronavirus patients			
				 
   by Joel Taylor 
  Published

Nurses plead with PM to send supplies to treat coronavirus patients by Joel Taylor Published

The Health Secretary says the risk of coronavirus is "accelerating rapidly" and is appealing for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to support NHS staff across the country - including on the Isle of Wight.

During his daily briefing, the Prime Minister revealed that an extraordinary number of volunteers had come forward to help frontline services in the fight against coronavirus.

"If you are well and able to do so safely, I would urge you to sign up today to help the most vulnerable people in our communities as an NHS volunteer responder".

Boris Johnson has issued as special thanks to NHS volunteers.

Britain had called for 250,000 volunteers to deliver food and medicines, provide transport for patients and supplies, and to telephone those who are becoming lonely because of self isolation.

"Coupled with following all the advice and guidance volunteering like this is a great way to reduce the strain on our NHS so that they can do their bit, so let's come together in the spirit of co-operation".

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After 170,000 signed up overnight, the appeal has now hit its target in just 24 hours.

Boris Johnson announced that 405,000 people have signed up to be NHS volunteers. That is already in one day as many volunteers as the population of Coventry.

"I would like to thank every last one of you who are offering your time - you will without a doubt help us to save lives".

He 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".

The patient transport volunteer will chauffeur medically fit and discharged patients back to their home, whereas the NHS transport volunteer will be transporting equipment, medication, and supplies between sites.

"In 2020 we find ourselves once again facing a daunting national challenge".

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