Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

UK's Johnson says 405,000 have volunteered to help health service

UK's Johnson says 405,000 have volunteered to help health service

"NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure those who need care receive it, and creating a bank of helpers that they can call upon to support their most vulnerable patients through this hard time is going to be invaluable, so I would urge anyone who can to sign up as an NHS Volunteer Responder today".

It comes just 24 hours after Number 10 put out its appeal for 250,000 volunteers to battle COVID-19.

"There are four different ways that we can do our bit to help our NHS at this time through volunteering".

To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, more than 158,000 people have signed up to help Britain's National Health Service.

He said: "Times like this show just how generous the British people are and how much they value our health service - we are blown away by this response and the kindness of our country".

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Britain will open a new temporary hospital next week at the Excel exhibition center in London to treat as many as 4,000 people, health minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday.

Those who have signed up can help others by doing jobs such as driving patients to appointments or making regular phone calls to those in isolation.

Mr Jenrick added: "We need to get volunteers into this collective national effort to support the NHS, to support social care, and in particular to support the 1.5 million people who for specific clinical reasons we're shielding".

Who will be able to request helpOther health services including Global Positioning System, doctors, pharmacists, social care staff will be able to request help from the volunteers for their at risk patients through a call centre where the needs of the patient will be matched to a volunteer.

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