Over 170,000 volunteer to help United Kingdom fight coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
March 25, 2020

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

Mr Johnson said the volunteers would be "absolutely crucial" in the fight against the illness, and that the number signed up was equivalent to the population of Coventry.

The National Medical Director of the NHS, Stephen Powis, said that he was "bowled over" by the hugely heartening response from selfless members of the public.

"Our NHS needs you - whether it's by volunteering or simply staying at home - you are helping your families, communities and protecting our NHS".

The health ministry and National Health Service declined immediate comment.

"We can't forget our mental health at a time like this and even just being there on the phone to talk to someone and make sure they're doing alright at this hard time could have a massive impact on both of you".

"The NHS is always there for you - now is your time to be there for us too".

More than 250,000 people have signed up to be NHS volunteers.

Those who have signed up can help others by doing jobs such as driving patients to appointments or making regular phone calls to those in isolation.

He added: "The NHS Volunteer Responders is a new scheme set up so that people can come and help and to make sure that the NHS and local services that are needed get all the support they can".

Who will be able to request helpOther health services including Global Positioning System, doctors, pharmacists, social care staff will be able to request help from the volunteers for their at risk patients through a call centre where the needs of the patient will be matched to a volunteer.

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