Driving Support

Pick Up and Deliver

Pick Up and Deliver Volunteers support the NHS by delivering medications and or equipment to people recently discharged from hospital or in a virtual ward. This support allows them to return home promptly without having to wait for their medications in a hospital setting or get the care they need at home.  

When supporting a virtual ward, you will be asked to collect or deliver medical equipment to people at their home, such as a remote monitor or a medical device. The equipment will be portable and can be handed over at the doorstep. For this activity you must not enter a person’s home.  

Getting started 

Before your first task 

  1. You must never administer any medication. 
  2. If you are calling a person you are supporting, ensure you withhold your number. This is to protect you from unsolicited calls and to ensure safeguarding procedures are followed. You can do this by dialling 141 for Android or #31# for Apple before the person's number or go into your phone's settings. Do not click on the phone number within the task information without editing. You can read more about data protection and confidentiality as well as safeguarding.    
  3. It is important to uphold the confidentiality of the person at all times. You may receive/hear personal information or details through conversations. All forms of personal information must be treated with respect and be handled in a highly confidential way. 
  4. Think about how you safely store contact details, do not leave these in a place that other people can access. If you are able to lock these away in a safe place, please do so. Once the task is completed destroy this information please ensure it is shredded in a confidential manner. 

Tasks will come through to the GoodSAM app in 2 different ways: 

  1. Short notice tasks that needs to be completed today (urgent). You will be given the information on where you need to go to collect and deliver within the app. 
  2. Advance notice future tasks which will be a shift task, a shift task is where you support for a period of time. This can involve one journey to one location, or multiple items delivered to multiple locations.  
  • For one journey, date, time and location details will be given via the app 
  • For multiple journeys, date and time will be given via the app. Whereas locations will be given on site.  

Activity specific tips 

Please follow the steps below to ensure safe delivery/collection of medication or equipment. 

Collecting the delivery 

  • Details of where to collect the medication or equipment will be in the notification on the GoodSAM app. Go to the GoodSAM app for more information.   
  • If the task is a short notice task that needs to be completed on the day, the notification will include details of the collection and delivery addresses. 
  • If the delivery is booked in advance as a shift, you will need to view these in the app and ‘accept’ to attend. This information will include the address of the hospital where you will start your shift. You will be provided with the delivery addresses on arrival at the hospital. 
  • If you are delivering to multiple locations, we suggest you use your sat nav or a navigation app such as google maps for planning the most efficient delivery route.  
  • Please keep details of the journey to inform your expense claim. 
  • Upon arriving at the hospital, you will be asked to provide your GoodSAM ID. 
  • Before you leave the hospital, make sure you have contact details for the hospital team/person which gave you the items to deliver. If at any time you are unsure of what to do with a delivery, call them for assistance and guidance. 

On delivery 

  • Please do not enter the person’s home. 
  • Do not post the medication or equipment through the letterbox. 
  • Deliveries must be completed on the same day you collected them. 
  • Any medicines/deliveries that cannot be delivered must be returned to the hospital that day; you must not store other people's medicines overnight in your own home. 
  • Do not open the bag of medicines to be handed over to the person; full details including name and delivery address will be on the external label of the package. 
  • Ask the person for their name and address and check this on the label. 
  • Make sure you pass on any additional information provided by the hospital. 
  • If the medicine package splits, or there’s a breakage, call the hospital contact team immediately for their advice. 
  • Some people may have more than one package. When you collect the items check the number of packages for each person and ensure that all bags of medicines are delivered. 
  • If the person has questions about the delivery, please advise them to contact the hospital. 
  • People may have an item that will need to be returned to the hospital, for example a battery. Please return this on the same day. 

Some medication may need to be stored in the fridge and you will be told this on collection. It is important to pass this information on to the individual. Any refrigerated medication must be delivered first. 

You may be required to drive as part of this activity. Please refer to the Driving for Royal Voluntary Service guidance. 

If you experience any difficulties while you’re volunteering or face any circumstances which make you feel uncomfortable, we are here to support you. Please call the Support Team on 0808 196 3382. All concerns will be handled sensitively, and we will work with you to ensure a safe and positive volunteering experience.    

Potential questions you may be asked 

Can you put the medication in the house for me please? 

You are not allowed to enter the persons home, kindly let them know you are not able to enter their home.  

Can I order a repeat prescription through you? 

Ask the person you are supporting to call their GP or the hospital to discuss a repeat prescription. 

Skills Bank 

We have a selection of resources in the Skills Bank that may help you with your volunteering. We have linked to the resources that we think would support you with this activity, take some time to look through them to build your confidence. 

  • Time management 
  • Effective communication  
  • Organisation skills 
  • Listening skills 

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Page last reviewed: 16 May 2024