Health and social care professionals in England can refer any vulnerable patients who are self-isolating to NHS Volunteer Responders for help with tasks such as collecting shopping and prescribed medicines, driving patients to medical appointments, or transporting supplies between sites.
The scheme is already helping thousands of people every day and hundreds of thousands of volunteers are available to help. You can make referrals through the NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal or by calling 0808 196 3382.
The scheme is now open for self-referrals for people who have been advised to shield and those most at risk who are isolating at home from coronavirus.
These people can ask volunteers for short-term help by calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm. Please pass this number on to patients who could benefit from this support.
You can find more information about the programme at www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
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The NHS is urging people to attend all regular vaccination appointments to prevent outbreaks of serious diseases and reduce pressure on the health service.
The NHS is continuing to help people to manage illness linked to coronavirus, but still wants parents to bring children forward for lifesaving jabs to stop killer diseases like measles and mumps. With many people expressing concern and even fear about seeking help during the virus emergency, the NHS is running a nationwide campaign to encourage people to come forward for help when they need it.
Essential, routine vaccinations like the MMR jab can save a child’s life and are available through family doctors.
If those attending appointments, including parents of babies or children, do not have symptoms or are not self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, all scheduled vaccinations should go ahead as normal.