AS CORONAVIRUS continues to spread across the UK, the NHS is calling for volunteers to help combat the disease.

So far, over 400,000 people have signed up to become a volunteer to help the 1.5million vulnerable Brits in the UK. But who can become an NHS coronavirus volunteer?

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The NHS asked for 250,000 to volunteer to help shield vulnerable people from the spread of coronavirus
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The NHS asked for 250,000 to volunteer to help shield vulnerable people from the spread of coronavirus[/caption]

Who can volunteer for the NHS during the lockdown?

People over the age of 18 who are in good health are being asked to volunteer in the fight against coronavirus.

Those who volunteer must show no signs of symptoms of the coronavirus, which includes fever and a dry persistent cough.

They also must be able to pass an enhanced DBS check.

Volunteers are being asked to sign up online.

When available, volunteers can switch on an “on duty” button via the GoodSAM app.

So far over 400,000 have signed up to volunteer.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: “In these extraordinary times, it’s essential that we all pull together as part of the national effort to protect the most vulnerable, reduce pressures on our NHS and care system and save lives.”

He went on to say the help of volunteers will go on to make a “real difference” to people who have been mostly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.

NHS director of primary care, Nikki Kanani said coronavirus being the biggest challenge the NHS has ever faced is why “we are rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you.”

Volunteers can sign up here.

Emma Laing volunteers to help the elderly and vulnerable people with supplies and other essential items
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Emma Laing volunteers to help the elderly and vulnerable people with supplies and other essential items[/caption]

What do the NHS volunteers do?

According to the NHS, volunteers can contribute in four different roles.

  • They can help by becoming community response volunteers, which includes delivering medicines from pharmacies for people who are self isolating.
  • Patient transport volunteers will help the NHS by transporting patients who have been declared fit and discharged back home from hospital.
  • Transport volunteers‘ role will include transporting health equipment and medical supplies between NHS sites.
  • Chat and check in volunteers will help the elderly and and vulnerable people by providing support calls to help the risk of loneliness.

Through the Royal Voluntary Service call center, GPs, doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare providers will be able to ask for assistance for patients who are considered at risk.

Chat and check in volunteers will help people who are in isolation and are at risk of being lonely
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Chat and check in volunteers will help people who are in isolation and are at risk of being lonely[/caption]


How are volunteers protected against coronavirus?

It is currently unclear how the volunteers will be protected against the disease.

However, Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that 7.5 million pieces of safety equipment had been distributed by the army in 24 hours.