Prescriptions: how the most vulnerable can get help
As the UK responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Pharmacies in North Yorkshire are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone gets the medicines they need, when they need them.
The government and the NHS have asked around 1.5million people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 infection to stay at home for a period of 12 weeks. These people will soon receive a letter from the NHS confirming this.
Given the new government advice, it is important that these vulnerable patients are still able to access their prescription medicines. If you are considered a vulnerable patient, and have been asked to stay at home for the next 12 weeks, but need to collect your prescription medicines, Community Pharmacy North Yorkshire and Government advise you to do the following:
In the first instance, vulnerable patients are asked to have their medicines collected by a family member, friend or neighbour.
If no-one is able to help you collect your prescription, vulnerable patients will be able to ask for support from a national volunteer network which is being mobilised in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers in this network will be ID-checked, and if you need someone to collect your prescription medicines, they may be able to help.