On behalf of Sirona care & health we are mobilising a network of volunteers to

deliver pulse oximeters to patients at home across Bristol, North Somerset and

South Gloucestershire. Our response is part of a national scheme expected to

run until March 2021, depending on demand.


Patients are referred by their GP and use the pulse oximeter to monitor their blood

oxygen levels over a 2 week period.  The aim is to detect early deterioration and

hopefully avoid a hospital or ITU admission due to Covid.


The volunteer receives the call, picks up a small pulse oximeter device and delivers

it to the patient’s home - no patient contact is required.  Delivery is time critical, the

volunteer needs to deliver the device within 12 hours.


We’re running a rota 7 days a week from 8am-8pm and volunteers sign up in 3 hour slots:

•             8am – 11am

•             11am - 2pm

•             2pm - 5pm

•             5pm - 8pm


The volunteer may not get a call in their slot but commit to being on standby.  Volunteers will determine the area/locality that they can deliver to and they will be able to collect the pulse oximeters from a hub within that area.  Volunteers confirm at the time of call whether they can do the delivery.

Sirona will re-imburse all reasonable expenses e.g. mileage costs/phone calls. DBS checks are required, Sirona will cover this cost if volunteers don’t already have one.


If you have some time available to help with this programme, then please email Bernie Micklewright a contact telephone/mobile number at: info@vansmail.org.uk and she will get back in touch with you

She will need the following information from you:


  • What area/s you can cover if you are unable to do a whole locality.

  • Contact number for deliveries

  • Alternative number (if applicable)

  • Emergency Contact number

  • Car details

  • Key features (not essential but height, hair colour etc.)

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