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!