More than 700 critical prescriptions have already been delivered to vulnerable and self-isolating people across Harborough and Leicestershire
The crucial door-to-door medication operation is being carried out every day by Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response group
Over 700 critical prescriptions have already been delivered to vulnerable and self-isolating people across Harborough and Leicestershire by police volunteers.
The crucial door-to-door medication operation is being carried out every day by Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response group.
The registered charity, which backs up the 999 emergency services and local authorities, is going above and beyond during the devastating coronavirus lockdown.
The group’s main role is to provide 4x4 transport during extreme weather, transporting essential personnel or supplies to affected areas.
This is the first time it has focussed its efforts on pharmacy deliveries after launching the amazing mercy mission.
Chairman of the group, Simon Dale, said: “We are doing what we do best, supporting our communities.
“Normally our help is in response to bad weather conditions.
“But in the strange situation we now find ourselves in we’ve found a new way in which we can help people.”
He added: “Since Friday March 27 we’ve completed more than 700 pharmacy deliveries and we’re continuing to deliver up to 90 parcels each day.”
Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response group was initially approached by a Melton Mowbray pharmacy as a solution to ensure prescriptions reached the most vulnerable.
The volunteers are now delivering for three more large pharmacies across Leicestershire.
They have also been asked about the distribution of food supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The group’s press officer, Nigel Spencer, was one of the first members to help deliver prescriptions.
Nigel said: “I grew up in a rural community in the 1970s and we would all work to help each other out.
“It became part of my DNA to join the 4x4 response group and to become a police support volunteer. “Supporting our communities in times of need and helping the people who help you is what we do best.”
Volunteers are all trained in basic first aid.
They are also able to manage the scene of an accident or breakdown until 999 services arrive.
Ch Insp Paul Allen, of Leicestershire Police Local Policing Directorate, said: “The Leicestershire and Rutland 4x4 Response group has been really innovative in adapting the way in which it works to help communities.
“I’m proud that our police support volunteers are able to be a part of that and can really make a difference during this challenging time.
“Well done all!”
If you are keen to find out more about Leicestershire and Rutland’s 4x4 Response you can visit their website here: www.lr4x4response.org.uk
Leicestershire Police is also supporting a new website which can help people find support teams during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The One Prepared website includes information and advice on helping to look after vulnerable people and help those suffering financial hardship.
It was created as part of the ongoing multi-agency work the force is undertaking with partners as part of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Local Resilience Forum.
Further information can be found by visiting: www.llrprepared.org.uk/one-prepared/