Community spirit on show in local response to coronavirus

  • 26 March 2020

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Health and care leaders across Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire are thanking local residents, businesses and organisations today, as a range of generous offers continue to be made in support of frontline staff.

A wealth of donations and offers of support have been made over the last two weeks, including free parking for NHS staff at NCP and Horfield Leisure Centre car parks, staff accommodation at universities and hotels, restaurants offering their space as temporary catering sites, and construction support on any building work needed. The donations also included a much-needed stock of 5, 000 pairs of rubber gloves which have been distributed to services across the area.

Gestures of appreciation have also been received in the form of thank you cards for staff and words of support chalked onto pavements.

With the national ‘Clap for Carers’ event also set to take place from 8pm tonight to show support for frontline staff, Julia Ross, Executive Co-Chair of the Healthier Together partnership, and Chief Executive of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), said:

“Our extraordinary health and care staff are facing an unprecedented challenge in responding to coronavirus.

“The community spirit being shown by local residents, businesses and organisations has been incredible in lifting staff morale and providing extra resource to help us meet the challenge.

“We will continue to face difficult circumstances for the foreseeable future, but I would like to take this time to thank all those who have donated goods or pledged their time directly with our organisations, or through the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme.”

It’s not too late to sign up to by an NHS Volunteer Responder. The NHS and social care urgently need volunteers to do simple but vital tasks including driving people to and from hospital, and delivering food and medication. Volunteers will also support the NHS to transport equipment and supplies, and make regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

For more information or to sign up to the NHS Volunteer Scheme, visit england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

If you would like to get in touch to offer resources, services or donations, please email bnssg.supportoffer@nhs.net.

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