With the easing of lockdown measures and revised government advice for those who have been advised to shield during the coronavirus pandemic, new guidance has now been issued to pharmacies on prescription deliveries.
Funded government support to community pharmacies for deliveries to those most in need has just ended, so patients must start taking responsibility for their own wellbeing once again.
For those with continuing needs, support will still be locally available. Patients should discuss their personal needs with their pharmacy first and think about any friends or relatives who might be able to help them.
Anyone who needs help from a volunteer should first call NHS Volunteer Responders on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm).
If you are unable to get the help you need, then you may still call the Northamptonshire County Council support line on 0300 126 1000 and select Option 5 (8am to 6pm). The Council may be able to assist putting you in touch with a local volunteer who can help with ongoing needs and there is also an emergency facility if the number is called out of hours.
The Chief Officer for Northamptonshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee, Anne-Marie King, said: “Community pharmacy are extremely grateful for the hugely successful and much-needed support offered by voluntary organisations in Northamptonshire. The key message now is one of self-help, but always with a back-up for those with real need.”