Apols for length .. I’m typing fast today. Also sorry if this has been answered in other posts I’ve missed. I have looked through. What if the Government don’t identify all those who are vulnerable people? I am not sure everyone will get the letter they need for supermarket priority for a while. (Maybe other proof will be accepted.) I’m not wanting to be a glass half empty here as I’m normally a glass full person. I hope their liaison with Tesco works in doing this but seems it could take a while. Of course, understandably so.
Wondered can you join up just for the click and collect service as opposed to home delivery, as that wasn’t mentioned in my Tesco email? Would think it’s all together as one online customer whether you collect or have it delivered.
The main part relevant from the Tesco email is as follows:
“The Government has asked our industry to help people that they have identified as particularly vulnerable and who don’t have their own support network. We will prioritise orders for these people and will be in touch with them by email, as we receive the list from the Government”.
Obviously Tesco have been as strict as they can re admitting customers in their stores in limited numbers and social distancing, but o was wondering if I will not be allowed to be a home delivery customer as my husband can shop for us? We have no one locally who can help. Relatives all miles away.
Those vulnerable people on their own who can’t venture out if isolating and shielding will very rightly be prioritised from Tesco as they have said. It must be scary for them wondering if their food and supplies will run out. It did say if you weren’t in the vulnerable group then try and come in and let someone have a delivery rather than you taking it.
My husband is actually the Clubcard holder and not myself, but not an online/delivery customer, although someone has to go round selecting your groceries which takes considerable time of course for click and collect. I would think I’d also have to join up in my name if I get a letter from the hospital though and not use the Clubcard account in my husband’s name. Maybe I can just do that in readiness. Don’t want to over burden them though. Tesco have been outstanding. I’m sure many others too. I read in their email they have got so many more staff now to pick and pack orders. Just have to train them and get them up to speed in the next couple of weeks.
I’ve not had any letter from my rheumatology department as yet. I have Rituximab infusions and Mtx injections and Rtx is due mid and end of May. Unless postponed a month or two. I have hyperthyroidism and take long term Carbimazole and use Fentanyl Durogesic patches, but although I have a comorbodity with my thyroid, it is euthyroid (normal) at the moment. If I look at the Leeds NHS video and the chart showing RA meds etc, Rituximab is scoring 3. Even if your up to date/most recent bloods show you have low levels of RA inflammation and no RA disease activity, your immunity is still compromised on biologics.
I would prefer Tesco deliveries or at least click and collect. I’ve managed to sign up with a local dairy for milk, butter, youghurts, bread and eggs, but I can’t find a farmer’s produce delivery service for fruit, veggies and chicken, but at least the local dairy’s products will be very useful and gratefully received.
My husband’s sister is a Clubcard delivery customer since it started as she had three small daughters and was easier to not go to the supermarket of course. She has two more weekly shops by delivery and been told by Tesco she may not be able to get a slot easily after they end, and when they are prioritising vulnerable existing customers.
We shall see how it goes over the next couple of weeks re receiving letters and government liaison with supermarkets. Sounds like a really big job for them all to organise. I am due to speak to my nurse and she has requested I speak with her on another relevant health matter tomorrow or Monday so will ask re the letters and if the hospital are behind or if I didn’t get one as not deemed vulnerable?