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28th August – Prescription Deliveries End

Today is our last day of the Medical Delivery run. Over the lock down period and the months that have followed with your help of the Nailsea Covid-19 Group we have delivered a staggering 3,400  prescription across Nailsea and the surrounding areas.

It is no exaggeration to say that we really could not have done this without the help of every volunteer driver and passenger assistant and we are truly grateful for their support which has made a big difference to a large number of members of our community who have had to self-isolate.

The Trustees and staff at Nailsea & District Community Transport would like to say a very ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to everyone involved – you have all been truly amazing.

17th August – Day Trips to Restart

Plans are in hand to restart our Day Trips in September. members wikll all receive a list and should contact the office if interested.

8th July – Shopping Trips Restarted

Shopping Trips for all areas have restarted today. The service is limited at the moment due to restricted bus capacities in order to maintain the 1 metre + social distancing. More services will be put on to suit demand. If you are interested, please contact the office on 01275 855552

7th May – New Adverts for Doctors’ Surgeries

1st May – Prescription delivery Update

Over 300 prescriptions delivered this week. Total over 6 weeks now over 1200.

Well done to our drivers and volunteers from the Nailsea Covid-19 Group.

24th April – Newsletter from the Chairman of Trustees

NDCT Operations and Coronavirus
Since I last contacted you on the 2nd March, the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the world and NDCT’s operations. We ceased our day trips, shopping and hires on 23rd March, in line with government guidance on social distancing. Many of our passengers fall into the over 70 and vulnerable category and are now self-isolating.
We were concerned about how some of our members would cope without our usual services. The team in the office phoned our members to identify those who did not have any family or local support to help them. Less than 20 members fell into this cohort and once identified we were able, with their consent, to refer them to the fantastic local Covid-19 groups to help support them.

What NDCT is doing to help the National effort during the pandemic
The Trustees contacted all our local town and parish councils to see if there was anything that NDCT could do to help the community. We were contacted promptly by Nailsea Town Council asking if we could help deliver medicines to local residents.
Following a Nailsea Town Council emergency meeting, funds were made available to pay NDCT to carry out medicine and food bank deliveries. Since the end of March we have been busy delivering medicines to Nailsea and the surrounding areas.

NDCT Admin team, drivers and volunteers
The office staff initially were busy setting up telephone and IT systems that would allow them to work remotely from home. They also contacted the local pharmacies to establish what NDCT was required to do. Our employed drivers started delivering medicines and a number of our volunteer drivers also wanted to be involved in this service. We are very grateful for their continued support.

Prescription deliveries
Medicines are now collected from several pharmacies in Nailsea. Our drivers are supported by a passenger assistant, provided from the local Covid-19 group. This works well and allows the drivers to keep in the vehicles at all times and the passenger assistants remain at the back of the buses and deliver the medicines. We have delivered about 1000 prescription deliveries in total to Backwell, Cleeve, Tickenham, Nailsea, Wraxall and Long Ashton in the last month.

Other support
We are having regular dialogue with all the councils. Last week we were contacted by the Tyntesfield Medical Centre Group to see if we could provide a couple of our minibuses for them to use. If required, they are to be used by nurses from the GP surgeries, to visit Covid-19 patients. We are delighted to help and agreed to also sponsor their fuel costs. We’re awaiting to hear whether these vehicles will be needed.

AGM and 25th Anniversary Party
We had planned to combine the AGM with our 25th anniversary celebration for NDCT. Plans had been well advanced and Flax Bourton Village Hall booked for late June. However, in view of the current crisis we’ve suspended all plans.

We’re unsure when life will get back to normal and what ‘normal will look like’ in the future but until then, we will keep in touch and NDCT will continue to support the community in any way that it can. If there is anything that we can do for you please feel free to contact the office.

20th April

Video about delivery of prescriptions. See:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NailseaCOVID19/permalink/626188881297136/

14th April

Nearly 500 prescriptions delivered in the first 3 weeks of the service up to Easter.

8th April

North Somerset Times 8 April 2020
North Somerset Times 8 April 2020

7th April

NDCT has received a grant from the Quartet Community Foundation to support the organisation through the Coronavrus crisis.

Our thanks to the Quartet Community Foundation.

3rd April

Deliveries of medicines have continued this week. 320 deliveries were made.

1st April

Nailsea Town Council released the following Press Release:

Nailsea Town Council is pleased to announce that a substantial funding package was approved at an emergency Council meeting on the 1st April, to help provide funds to vulnerable residents with Nailsea and surrounding district.

Specifically, funding will be provided to enable the operations of Nailsea and District Community Transport to continue throughout the Covid crisis. NDCT are doing a fantastic job delivering prescriptions and emergency food to residents who are unable to leave their homes.  Nailsea Town Council will also be providing funding for the foodbank set up at No 65 High St, which is being run by the awesome volunteers of the Nailsea Covid-19 action group.

Our thanks to Nailsea Town Council.

27th March

This week, NDCT has been running two buses a day, am and pm, delivering medicines in support of the local Covid 19 Groups. 96 deliveries this week.

20th March

In line with Government advice on social distancing, NDCT has cancelled all shopping trips until further notice.

13th March

NDCT has cancelled the remaining trips programmed in the Spring due to the Coronavirus crisis.