Boots has increased the number of drivers delivering prescriptions to vulnerable people across the UK, hiring more than 500 additional drivers. They have also introduced prescription delivery in another 40 stores across the UK.
Over the last 6 months, Boots has recruited on average one PDC driver per day but throughout March, they recruited on average 80 PDC drivers each day.
The new recruits will join Boots Pharmacy Delivery and Collection team, who continue to help local communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by delivering essential prescription medicines to those who are self-isolating or cannot get to their local pharmacy can have the medicines they need to be delivered to their door.
Four weeks ago, Boots delivered an average of 90,000 prescriptions a week, increasing to an estimated 150,000 in the last week. To support the existing PDC network, over 400 new vehicles have now been added to the fleet.
Boots has said that many of these workers have lost their jobs or are unable to work normally due to COVID-19.
Nathan Clements, HR Director, Boots UK and ROI, comments:
“As an essential public service, Boots has a special role and duty to support the NHS in any way we can. I’d like to thank all our colleagues, particularly those who have recently joined us – not only as drivers, but also in our warehouses and pharmacies, and our partners, who are stepping forward onto the front line to help care for patients across the UK.”