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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EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We're Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home and small business customers get energy tariffs backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard.

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes. 

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023.

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people.