Pharmacy2U and the British Heart Foundation on the coronavirus

Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist at Pharmacy2U, has released an updated statement on the coronavirus:

“Given recent developments in the government’s response plan to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to ensure our patients know their medicines are still being dispensed and delivered to their homes. Online services like Pharmacy2U are available for people who need their repeat prescriptions but are unable to or uncomfortable leaving their home at this time.

Our service means people can order their repeat prescriptions online or through our app. We then arrange it with their GP and deliver their medication to their home for free.

The current situation is constantly evolving, so it’s important for all of us to follow the official advice from the UK government and health agencies. All the latest information can be found here.

If you have any questions about our service, please call us on 0113 265 0222. We are open Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday 8:30am – 1:00pm (Emergency calls only), or you can chat to us online through our website.”

Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan, British Heart Foundation Associate Medical Director, said:

“There’s a lot we are still learning about how this virus affects people with existing medical conditions. However, information to date suggests that people with heart and circulatory disease, including cerebrovascular disease (problems with the blood supply to the brain, such as stroke) appear to be at higher risk of complications caused by the virus.

If you are living with a heart or circulatory disease, it’s particularly important that you reduce your chance of catching the virus by following and acting on all current government advice.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, a cough and can progress to shortness of breath. If you are concerned that you have symptoms caused by the virus you should contact NHS 111 by phone or online.

Coronaviruses encompass a large group of viruses that are responsible for different illnesses, including the common cold. This latest outbreak was transmitted from animals to human, as is the case in several instances. The current outbreak is called a novel coronavirus as it has not been identified previously in humans.

The BHF recommends that everybody closely follows the advice provided on the NHS and Government webpages, as they are updating their information daily. If those living with heart and circulatory diseases, or its risk factors, would like to speak with a cardiac nurse, they can contact our Heart Helpline on 0300 330 3311.”

Find more advice on the coronavirus here.

To help us all live longer, healthier lives with the people we love, the BHF invest donations into research and support for people affected by heart and circulatory diseases. Which is why we’re really excited to be supporting the British Heart Foundation in their mission to beat heartbreak forever.

As the UK's UK’s largest online pharmacy, supporting over 400,000 patients with their NHS repeat prescriptions, many of our patients heart and circulatory diseases. We’re committed to delivering positive patient outcomes, which is why we’ve chosen the BHF as our chosen charity for 2020. Find out more about the partnership here

Phil Day By Phil Day Superintendent Pharmacist Published 16/03/2020