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Published on Friday, March 27, 2020

Travel agent has become temporary NHS chauffeur

Advantage Travel member Althams Travel has joined the NHS Volunteers initiative to help deliver prescriptions and take patients to and from appointments.

The travel agency usually offers airport transport to its clients, but whilst their vehicles and drivers have been grounded, they have decided to use them as a way of helping the NHS and those affected by the coronavirus.

Althams Travel, which has two vehicles and two drivers, has been helping to chauffer healthcare professionals between pharamacies and patients' homes in Blackburn and Burnley for the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust after the agency's general manager Peter Mackie asked his daughter-in-law, who is an NHS worker, what he could do to help the health service. 

Following government guidelines, the drivers are only in contact with the healthcare professionals they are assisting. The two drivers are planning to continue for the next few weeks.

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