Towards the end of our operations we started researching alternatives to AbiMeds so that those who were still not able to go out themselves would have some delivery suggestions. We have put together a document listing the possibilities we found, along with contact phone numbers and links. We hope you find a solution that works for you…
Today, Friday August 28th, is the last day of operations for the AbiMeds team. With more than 3,700 packages delivered by bicycle, demand is declining and some of our volunteers are returning to their “normal” activities, so it’s time to shut up shop.
Our phone line (01865 818351) will stay open a while longer to provide information to anyone still finding it hard to get their prescriptions, and in the next day or two we’ll put some guidance here on this website.
So one final thank you to all our 80+ volunteers – telephone answerers, hub team and cyclists; also to the Town Council for help with photocopying and the Friends of Abingdon Civic Society for use of the Community Freespace – our “Hub”.
Lets just hope we never need to do this again, but if we do, we know how to do it!
PS, for a list of post-AbiMeds delivery options, see AbiMeds Alternatives
Our first day of operations was the 8th of April, exactly four months ago, when we ran our “trial run” day and concluded that our AbiMeds prescription delivery scheme might just work. Now, more than 3,333 prescriptions later, I think we can confidently say that that not only did it work but it has actually been a big success!
However, as the Covid-19 epidemic has progressed, the demand for our services has clearly changed . At our busiest we hit 393 deliveries in one week, but last week’s requests were down to 32. The perceived risk of the virus has fallen, some restrictions have been eased and people are now out and about with a lot more confidence and collecting their own medicine.
But we do realise that this isn’t the case for all. I know for certain that some people are necessarily still staying at home and limiting exposure to public places and with good reason.
We’ve been keeping the situation under review, informing our “customers” when they phone that AbiMeds will most likely stop operating at the end of August and asking, when we do stop, will they be able to make alternative arrangements themselves or would they like us to help them find someone. When they’ve said that they’d like us to help, we’ve kept a note of details so that we can make contact when the time comes to discuss the situation.
We are still working out what the options are. We have no intention of leaving anyone in the lurch but AbiMeds will not be continuing in its current form beyond the end of this month. Until then, we will still be manning the phones six days a week and continuing making deliveries on Wednesdays and Fridays. And although we may be mothballed after this month, you can be certain that if the virus situation suddenly takes a turn for the worse, AbiMeds will be ready to get going again!
With the general easing of restrictions, and as some of our volunteers are returning to work, we have been reviewing our AbiMeds activities. Our core service has always been taking telephone requests and organising collection and deliveries of medications and we are continuing this for the time being. In addition some pharmacies have asked us to deliver prescriptions for people who have not come via our system: we will be cutting back on that, so if people would like to have their medications delivered by our lovely cyclists they should request it via our phone line 01865 818351 rather than leaving it to the pharmacy to organise. NB some pharmacies have their own delivery service, so check with them.
We will continue to deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but where possible please phone your request in the day before. However if it is an emergency please call anyway as we will always try to help if we can.
We will keep the situation under review, we know some people are still shielding and others don’t feel comfortable about going into shops and our aim of minimising queues remains, so we will continue doing what we’ve been doing for you for as long as we can and for as long as it makes sense to do so!
AbiMeds is a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help vulnerable people in Abingdon and nearby villages. We are a free community prescription delivery service, set up by Clive Elsmore and Hester Hand, with a pool of up to eighty volunteers. Delivery is by bicycle, organised by the Abingdon Freewheeling cycle club.
Well done to all the telephone answerers, hub sorters, cyclists and co-ordinations – you are utterly amazing!
On Friday (15th May), after just 5 weeks in operation, we delivered our 1000th package of medications. We actually reached 1059 by the end of the day so that’s a lot less people queuing! Well done to ALL the team – sorry there’s only a few in the picture.
Tesco pharmacy will be joining in next week, so that’s all Abingdon pharmacies covered. Hopefully the numbers will get better still – keep spreading the word!
Welcome to AbiMeds.org! This website went live on 5th May, 2020, and it is intended as somewhere to hold the most up-to-date information about AbiMeds – the Abingdon community medicine delivery scheme.
We have been rolling out the service for the Abingdon-on-Thames (Oxfordshire, UK) pharmacies one pharmacy at a time so this is where you’ll be able to see which pharmacies are currently being supported and how to request your medications.