Unity was approached by the Shepherd Spring Surgery in Andover by Belinda Tan, with a request to help them, marshall, at the weekend flu clinics throughout October and November this year for a total of 5 Saturdays.
Unity coordinates the Test Valley Volunteer Centre and is well placed with regards to volunteer recruitment and management. During the 1st Lockdown Unity registered over 350 volunteers through their own internal system.
Christianne Ireland, Voluntary Sector Support Manager commented, “During the 1st lockdown we learned so much from volunteer feedback, that we have taken time to build 2 specific Teams covering Andover and Romsey, therefore maximising their time. So, when the call came from Shepherd Spring practice, Unity and our Team of Andover Volunteers were ready to facilitate the Marshalling role”.
A rota of two to three volunteers was set up to cover the five Saturday Flu Clinics. Mick Q, who stepped up to help with every one of the days quoted “I was more than happy to help out. It is my local practice and it was good to be able to help out, plus I was on the home territory”. The practice nurses and Doctors all gave up precious time and with the Volunteers managing the way in and out, a much calmer clinic followed. Each Saturday the volunteers were marshalling approximately 300 plus individuals, checking which entrance and queue they were to join and making sure that all social distancing was adhered to, and using hand sanitiser on entrances. After completing 3 Saturdays, Belinda announced the volunteers were no longer required, as all the clinics had been completed. A great job was done by all concerned.
Photo –Practice Doctor Dr Pawley, Unity Registered Volunteer Mick Quilty, Practice Nurse, and Practice Manger Belinda Tan.