We can now make referrals to the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme!

Until now, only health and care professionals and local authorities were able to refer you into the scheme, which enables volunteers to support vulnerable people with shopping, medication collection, patient transport and NHS transport.
Healthwatch Volunteers

Volunteers can also provide a ‘check in and chat’ telephone call to prevent loneliness and isolation.

You're eligible for support from an NHS Volunteer Responder if you: 

  • Are aged 70+ with underlying health conditions
  • If you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID 19 group and have been sent a letter asking you to shield from the virus
  • People who are pregnant 
  • If you are newly socially vulnerable as a result of COVID 19
  • People who have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010
  • Others with high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People with serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised including because of cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity e.g. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • Certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, dementia, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

      (Via Royal Voluntary Service)

If you are a carer, you can make a referral on behalf of the person you are caring for, or for yourself to assist with your caring role. 

If you'd like to be referred, get in touch!

healthwatchsouthtees@pcp.uk.net

0800 989 0080

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