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.
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.
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.
Video about delivery of prescriptions. See:
Nearly 500 prescriptions delivered in the first 3 weeks of the service up to Easter.
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.
Deliveries of medicines have continued this week. 320 deliveries were made.
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.
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.
In line with Government advice on social distancing, NDCT has cancelled all shopping trips until further notice.
NDCT has cancelled the remaining trips programmed in the Spring due to the Coronavirus crisis.