8 Apr 20
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EDF partners with Boots to deliver essential medicine to most vulnerable

Many of EDF’s smart metering and technical field engineers have volunteered to support local communities
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  • EDF employee volunteers will work with Boots pharmacies to deliver critical medicines to those in need
  • People who are self-isolating or cannot get to their local pharmacy will get prescriptions delivered to their front door
  • Many of EDF’s smart metering and technical field engineers have volunteered to support local communities

EDF has partnered with Boots UK to help local communities during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, delivering essential prescription medicines to vulnerable patients and to those households in self-isolation.

Around seventy of EDF’s smart and technical field engineers have volunteered to support the Boots Pharmacy Delivery and Collection (PDC) scheme, collecting essential supplies from Boots hubs across the country, so that those who are self-isolating or cannot get to their local pharmacy can have the medicines they need delivered to their door. 

The EDF engineers have been matched to suitable locations to minimise the distance they need to travel and time spent outdoors. All volunteers will be provided with the training and kit necessary to ensure the safe delivery of essential medicines to customers, as well as a secure working environment for EDF’s engineers.

The move comes as EDF employees across the country offer their services to the national effort against Covid-19, with many of the firm’s smart metering and technical field engineers volunteering to support local community initiatives.

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director for Customers at EDF, said: “As we all adapt to a new way of living, we want to do everything possible to help support the most vulnerable in society during this worrying time. By partnering with Boots, we hope we can play our part in ensuring those in isolation can access the vital medical supplies they need.

“We're incredibly proud of the resilience and commitment shown by our whole team during this unprecedented time - from our dedicated engineers who have volunteered to take part in this programme, to those working tirelessly to keep energy running across the country."

Eddie Storr, Head of Supply Chain Pharmacy at Boots UK, said: “These are challenging times and our top priority is to ensure we continue to provide patients across the UK with the important medical supplies they need. We are incredibly grateful to receive this support from EDF and I would personally like to thank their volunteers, and all our incredible colleagues at Boots, who are stepping forward onto the front line to ensure the safe and secure delivery of prescriptions to the most vulnerable.”

Nick Gould, smart engineer at EDF, said: “It’s great to have the chance to do something to help the community and those who are reliant on these medicines but unable to collect them. If I can help people get the medicines they need, that is one less thing for them to worry about.”

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About EDF

EDF is leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future, tackling climate change in the UK and helping Britain reach net zero. It is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

It generates low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operates one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and plans for new power stations at Sizewell C in Suffolk and Bradwell B in Essex. Hinkley Point C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy as well as boosting skills and education.

EDF also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables, solar and battery storage. The company’s largest offshore wind farm is currently being built in Scotland and the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project will be ready in 2023. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

EDF is helping its customers, both in business and at home, to join generation electric and take their first steps to sustainably powering their lives. Whether it is buying an electric car, generating and storing electricity or selling energy back to the grid – everyone is welcome. EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British business and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. In addition, the company’s energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF in the UK is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.