Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:
– delivering medicines from pharmacies;
– driving patients to appointments;
– bringing them home from hospital;
– or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.
NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.
GPs, doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, NHS 111 advisers and social care staff will all be able to request help for their at-risk patients via a call centre run by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), who will match people who need help with volunteers who live near to them. Some charities will also be able to refer people to the service.
Supporting the service
We have had a lot of generous support from the public who want to offer their support to the trust in undertaking any roles that may help support us. If you would like to offer to help please email us at Support.NWAS@nwas.nhs.uk with the following information:
– Name and contact details
– Type of work you would be willing to undertake
– Where you are able to work within the North West
– When you are able to work
We will then look at this and identify how you may be able to help.