NHS ACE COVID SUPPORT

(Various volunteer roles in Clacton, Harwich, Mersea & Colchester)

• Podiatry Service
Volunteers for clinic sites that are open (Clacton Rickets Lodge, Monday - Friday, PCC Monday - Friday, and Harwich and Mersea on some days), for help with monitoring waiting areas, Clinical wiping down of handles and desks every hour, helping with wiping down plinths and general cleaning of bits that cleaners don’t cover. Stock checking support once a week.

• Respiratory Team

Volunteers to help stock check, box up supplies to patients, drop off kit/letters/sputum pots (without sputum in) to patients' doorsteps (if they are able to) and pick up sputum samples with forms and take them to pick up points. If they can also collect equipment (bagged) from patients — double bag it and then bring back to a collection point for cleaning. If they are allowed to decontaminate equipment then that too – means usage of Clinell and Chlor-Clean which has a COSHH assessment.

• Respiratory, SLT and Stroke

PPE buddy – so trained to assist with PPE being put on and taken off for visits that need AGP level PPE. They could stay in an anteroom (so not to enter the room where care being given), though would need to enter the house. Weekends as well as weekdays.

• All Services

Prescription requests and medication pick ups, food shopping help, help with how to join video calls for patients (so they can participate in video health appointments) and help with joining social networks online.

• Specialist Therapies

A project with remote observation kits hoping to be rolled out at the end of the month — some IT savvy people are needed who could take kit out to patients and help set up would be great (which would mean going into patients' homes, so we might need to do that bit), though if they can help with collections and general transferring kit between points. We also have alcove devices (which if they could take out when needed) and then prompt people from their door step to plug in and touch the screen — that would help.

• Admin Teams

Assisting with handing out PPE and lateral flow test results.

• Cardiology

We have scanning that needs to go to KH mainly from our Tuesday Echo Clinics. We often have prescriptions and blood forms that need to go to patients from our virtual clinics and when we have called patients back who have symptoms, often posting can take a while so dropping off urgent ones would be useful. Help also required with home based literature for cardiac rehabilitation.

Our main admin base is at Kennedy House Clacton, so we get all our stock delivered there. This stock is needed in clinics at PCC and Clacton Hospital, hence members of the team are going to collect these items for the clinic venues (which could also be done by volunteers). This includes cardiology stock and PPE for clinics.


No specific skills are required, but volunteers will need to have the ability to communicate in a calm and professional manner, be reliable and adhere to covid safety procedures. 

Volunteers will need to start as soon as possible, so if this is something you are interested in and you want to be part of this important response to covid crisis, please apply now for an application form. 


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