Firefighters and staff from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are working with pharmacies to deliver essential medication to vulnerable people across the county as they go the extra mile as part of the partnership response to Covid 19.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be delivering for community pharmacies and dispensing GP practices, which will free up pharmacy staff to cope with increased demand for support and advice, while also ensuring that vulnerable people are able to stay at home instead of coming out to collect medication.
In rural areas, deliveries will be undertaken by on-call firefighters from their on-call stations while in the main towns, the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Prevention team will coordinate deliveries.
The support for pharmacies is one of several ways in which Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has been playing a partnership role to support the community during this crisis: firefighters have been assisting the Local Resilience Forum with the delivery of food to vulnerable people and last week, 12 staff began training to drive vehicles for the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
Anne-Marie King, Chief Officer, Pharmacy Northamptonshire, said: “Pharmacies are meeting unprecedented demand on their services as the impact of the pandemic is felt. Delivering prescriptions was becoming challenging and so I was delighted when Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service agreed to help relieve the mounting pressure. Having their support means that many more patients can have their medicines delivered thus enabling them to stay safe at home.”
Darren Dovey, Chief Fire Officer of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is yet another way in which our firefighters and staff have gone the extra mile to ensure that partners are resilient and can provide support to vulnerable people while at the same time, providing our business as usual to keep the people of Northamptonshire safe.
“Delivering medications means that pharmacists can focus on giving health advice to customers who need it and that vulnerable people can stay at home, where they are safest, and help prevent the spread of the virus.”