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First Tesco, now Iceland as another Crawley chain puts cap on items



The news has been rife even in Crawley with images showing empty shelves of hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Even pasta has not escaped the stampede as panic buying took a hold of shoppers.

But so far it was only Tesco that had put restrictions in place. The British Retail Consortium had said that none of their members were at this time being encouraged to place restrictions in place, although Tesco is not a member of them.

Other supermarket chains in Crawley also said they were monitoring the situation but at this time would be taking the lead from the British Retail Consortium.

Iceland, however, have made the decision to put a temporary cap on sales of certain products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes.

In a statement Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods said:

“We are monitoring Covid-19 closely. We have well-established contingency plans and are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that our customers continue to have the food and other supplies they need. 

We are working extremely closely with our suppliers and our supply chains remain robust overall. Even where there are supply challenges, we are thoroughly experienced in sourcing alternatives to help meet customer demand. 

While coronavirus has increased the demand for certain products in the short term, we are confident that any disruption will remain limited and that consumers will continue to be able to choose from a wide selection of frozen food, grocery, fresh and chilled products in our stores. Our next day online and same day home delivery services are available as normal.

We have introduced a temporary cap on sales of certain products online including some anti-bacterial soaps and wipes, to ensure our customers have access to the products they need.

We are working constructively with Government officials to ensure that we remain stocked and supply chains continue to function as normal.”


Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley



Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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