Getting Supplies Online

These are testing times for everyone but especially if you have an underlying medical condition that makes you vulnerable.

We’ve put together a list of some useful resources that may help you to get through this period.

Support as an extremely vulnerable person

The UK Government has a webpage where you can register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

This service is free. You can register yourself, or for someone else.

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Click the image to go to the register page

Main Supermarkets

As I’m sure you’re aware, getting supplies online via the big supermarkets can be quite a trial these days with queues to just get on websites and available slots few and far between.

The Independent newspaper has a page with the up to date situation on most of the big players.

Alternative Online Shopping

Buying local has always been a good mantra, and it’s more than relevant now. Check your local suppliers of fresh veg and meat to see if they are now offering delivery services. This can be a good way of getting fresh produce without the hassle of having to go to a big supermarket.

Blogger Eat Like A Girl has compiled a great list of independent food retailers that can deliver throughout the UK. There’s a great selection but be warned some of these are probably more expensive than you might use for your regular shop, but if you can afford it, it might be a good choice and might create some availability for those who can’t afford them.

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There is also a delivery company, Beelivery who are to groceries like JustEast, Uber Eats, Deliveroo are to take-aways. Again, you’ll pay a premium but they may be handy for certain things and if you’re desperate.

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For foodstuff that has a longer shelf life, pet foods or other household goods try the Amazon website who have a massive range of products. They currently cite that deliveries may take longer than usual but of the couple that I have received, it’s not been by more than a day or two. Perfectly acceptable for non-urgent products.

Prescription Delivery Services

If you have a regular prescription and you need to get your medications it may be with asking if your normal pharmacy can deliver your order for you. I know in my smallish town that several of them do and I see their vans zooming around.

If your pharmacy doesn’t offer this service you may want to consider one of the many online pharmacies that have cropped up over the past few years. However, do check first that the pharmacy you chose is registered before signing up. Look for the logo below and if you want more information on the scheme click on the logo or here.

Click the logo to view the pharmacy registration scheme information

A selection of some of the UK’s online prescriptions services…

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The Independent Pharmacy
Online Prescriptions - Boots

Help Using The Internet

If you’re not that internet savvy, why not check out the Learn My Way website which is a website of free online courses for beginners, that aims to help you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

Lot’s of topics are covered in their courses including using the internet, office programs, online safety, finding a job improving your health, managing money online and using public services.

Learn My Way

Mental health care post-cardiac arrest with Liz Sharpe

In episode #36, Paul talks with mental health counsellor and therapist Liz Sharpe.

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Through her business Live Your LIfe Therapies, Liz helps people deal with various mental health issues including dealing with trauma.

Liz presented a well-received practical workshop at the Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK Guinness World Record Attempt which led her to go on and work at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre treating patients as part of the Care After REsuscitation clinic.

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A great chat about mental health care with some great practical tips that anyone can use.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google, YouTube and your favourite podcast player.

If you enjoyed this podcast please do leave a positive review on Apple or other podcast providers as it helps us to spread the word.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson.

Recorded January 2020. 

Lives before profit with the HeartHero disruptive AED

In episode #35, Paul talks with Gary Montague, who went from being in the CIA to the CEO of start-up HeartHero, who want to disrupt the market with their new Automated External Defibrillator called Elliott.

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Gary talks about his childhood which ultimately is the motivation for starting this journey and he runs us through how he has gone from nothing to the position where they have a viable device which is ready for official testing and approval. An engrossing look into the world of defibrillators and how their device is attempting to bring AED’s into the 21st Century.

The device is being targetted as a “Lifestyle” device and will be small, stylish, use off-the-shelf batteries and feature technologies such as smartphone integration, GPS tracking, automated emergency services calling and they aim to build the highest-quality and least-expensive AED on the market. If they achieve their aim they will perhaps disrupt the market place for the greater good.

Available to listen on the link below or Spotify, Apple , Google, YouTube and your favourite podcast player.

If you enjoyed this podcast please do leave a positive review on Apple or other podcast providers as it helps us to spread the word.

Presented by Paul Swindell and edited by Matt Nielson.

Recorded January 2020.