No one should go without – important reminder from St John

St John Ambulance Guernsey is reminding islanders who are shielding or isolating and in need of medication or urgent food supplies that they have volunteers who can help.

The reminder comes after concerns that some people in Guernsey may have gone without essential medication or missed meals because they might not be able to go out and have no-one else to ask.

Since the start of the current situation St John has been running a delivery service for people who can’t or don’t want to go out and don’t have family nearby to help.

Anyone needing groceries or medication can call 742147.

St John Chief Operating Officer, Nikki Harrison said: “Continuing to take regular prescription medication is so important, especially at the moment. No one should go without medication or food. We have become aware that some people are not calling for help when they really need it. We don’t want vulnerable people going out, but equally we don’t want people not getting the essential things they need and then getting unwell in the days to come.”

“We’ve also been told about people living alone who may get meals-on-wheels once a day, but not having enough food for breakfast or dinner. We are here to support anyone in the community who needs our help. If anyone is struggling with means to pay as we know this can be an issue with not working or not being able to get to the bank, please reach out as we have funds in place to help. The message is please don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Among the volunteers helping St John are members of the GMTS (Guernsey Motorcycle Training Scheme) who have very kindly volunteered to help with collecting and delivering prescriptions. All GMTS members wear high visibility clothing, have lockable panniers on their motorbikes and carry States of Guernsey ID.