Date of release: 24 March 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has opened an essential groceries shop for staff.
This service is to provide staff working long shifts the chance to get some essentials before/after their shifts without having to make any unnecessary journeys and have any additional social contacts.
It is hoped this will mean staff will then not have to go to supermarkets and they are able to get all their essentials from the shop on site. Some of the goods on offer include bread, milk, toilet roll, tea, coffee and other store cupboard ingredients.
Staff, along with members of the public, have been asked to follow strict social distancing guidelines, keep two meters apart and pay by card where possible.
David Loughton, chief executive of RWT, said: “We're delighted to be able to offer this pop-up shop for all our hard-working staff to use.
“They are keeping us all safe and well so have been looking at lots of different ways to make life easier for them through this difficult time. We want to make it as easy as possible for our staff to not only help patients when they need it most, but also, to play their part in reducing social interactions.
“We hope this will help staff avoid having to use busy, crowded supermarkets as much as possible to protect our workforce, their families and ultimately the public.”
New measures to compel people to stay away from others to help reduce the spread of coronavirus were announced by the Government last night (Monday 23 March).
John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Public Health, said: "When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. “The advice is strong and clear, people should only leave the house:
- To shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- For one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
- For any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- To travel to and from work, but only where work cannot be done from home.”
Please note the shop is only open for RWT staff, who will need to show their ID badge to purchase goods.
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