United Kingdom exceeds call for 250,000 NHS volunteers to help in coronavirus crisis

Henrietta Strickland
March 26, 2020

Some 405,000 people have answered the government's call to volunteer with the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

"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".

It comes just 24 hours after Number 10 put out its appeal for 250,000 volunteers to battle COVID-19.

"But I can tell you that in just 24 hours, 405,000 people have responded to the call".

And they will be absolutely crucial in the fight against this virus.

At his daily briefing, Mr Johnson took the opportunity to thank NHS staff and those obeying the lockdown but also reiterated the danger of overwhelming the health service by taking risks like going out unnecessarily.

"I say thank you on behalf of the entire country".

Anyone who is over the age of 18, fit and healthy and non-symptomatic can offer their time to the scheme.

"I can't thank those enough who have pledged to devote their time to helping others at what is a challenging and uncertain time for you and your families".

Announcing the appeal on the NHS website - in an article called "Your NHS Needs You" - Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS Director of Primary Care, said: "Coronavirus is the biggest challenge we have ever faced, which is why we're rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you".

Volunteers will be involved in delivering medicines, driving patients to appointments, bringing them home from hospital, or making regular phone calls to check on them at home.

Mr Jenrick added: "We need to get volunteers into this collective national effort to support the NHS, to support social care, and in particular to support the 1.5 million people who for specific clinical reasons we're shielding".

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