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Transport to Covid-19 Vaccination Appointments

With effect from February 1st, 2021, AVB has a number of volunteers who are able to take you to your Covid-19 vaccination appointments. If you require transport then ring the usual number 01344 625520 and leave a message on the answerphone or you can send an email to ascotvolunteerbureau@gmail.com. Please provide your name and the time, date and place of your vaccination. We would ask that you seek transport only within two weeks of the date of your appointment and we aim to respond to you by the next working day. At this time we are unable to provide transport for any other medical reason.

The AVB Committee has decided the following guidelines and best practice should apply, to ensure the health, welfare and safety of both client and driver. By seeking to use the service you will be agreeing to comply with these;

1. The journey is undertaken at the driver’s and the client’s own risk. The requirement to self isolate remains should either the driver or the client subsequently test positive.

2. The driver and client should wear a face mask correctly and the client should travel in the rear of the vehicle. Please consider if a window should be open.

3. No physical assistance can be offered to the client by the driver.

4. The driver will not accompany the client into the vaccination centre.

5. Drivers will sanitise their vehicle on return home.

6. Clients MUST cancel the booking immediately with AVB by email or telephone if they subsequently develop any symptoms of the virus, and MUST also inform AVB if they test positive within two weeks of using the service.

7.  Drivers will ring the client before the journey and check they still have no virus symptoms and are feeling well.

For local journeys the fee will be £5 and for journeys outside the local area a charge will be applied at 0.50p per mile .

At the moment we are only able to provide transport for the purpose of obtaining your vaccination but hopefully this will be the first step in a journey towards AVB resuming our normal service. We look forward to being of service to you.

June Martin MBE

We are sad to hear that June died at home on 3rd July 2020, at the age of 94. She was actively involved in the establishment of AVB in 1981, becoming its chairman in 1983, a post which she held for 26 years. She continued on the committee, eventually retiring in 2012.

AVB was only part of the voluntary work that June undertook. She was a member of the team which had founded the Ascot Day Centre in the 1970s, bringing to fruition the original idea of local GP, Dr. Chandler. June became chairman for 14 years, before being made President for life.

She was also involved with a local carers’ support group and forum.

In 2000 June, who had been a pharmacist during her working life, was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in recognition of her voluntary work.

While her funeral is to be held on 20th July, this will be limited to 20 mourners, so it is anticipated that a memorial service will be held when things eventually return to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Update (1st June, 2020)

COVID-19 – AVB SERVICE SUSPENDED

We have been able to provide a limited service in the months of April and May. However, the latest Government NHS Test and Trace initiative will affect our driver(s) if a client who has been in their car should subsequently test positive for Covid-19. We have therefore taken the unfortunate decision to suspend our service until further notice. We will return just as soon as we can.

Thank you.

COVID-19 Update (5th April, 2020)

While a limited service is currently available, we no longer have access to the office. Leave a message on the answerphone and we will get back to you as soon as possible. The full text of the current message on the overview page of the website is given below.

“During the current COVID-19 outbreak we are unable to open the office, but we are trying to provide a limited transport service, using a small number of our members who are able and willing to volunteer at this time. We are picking up messages on our answerphone, so if you leave your name, your telephone number and a short message detailing the journey you require, we will return your call as soon as we can. Unfortunately no assistance can be given by the driver in collecting you from your front door or into your appointment. You should also be aware that you will be required to travel in the back of the volunteer’s car. We hope that you will appreciate that we are keen to help you when and where we can.

Thank you”.

COVID-19 Update (25th March, 2020)

Please note that this message has now been superseded. The latest message can be found here.

AVB SERVICE RETURNS ON THURSDAY, 26TH MARCH, 2020

During the current COVID-19 outbreak we are trying to provide a limited transport service. The office will be open on Monday and Thursday only for the time required to pick up messages and arrange transport. If you leave your name, your telephone number and a short message detailing the journey you require, we will return your call when we are next in the office. Unfortunately no assistance can be given by the driver in collecting you from your front door or into your appointment. You should also be aware that you will be required to travel in the back of the volunteer’s car. Remember we are only open on Monday and Thursday.

COVID-19 Virus

Please note that this message has now been superseded. The latest message can be found here.

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, AVB is suspending its service from Friday, March 20th. 2020 until further notice. The position will be kept under constant review.

The Sunninghill Trust is our major benefactor. Its remit includes the provision of financial help for local residents who are suffering hardship. The Trust has produced this leaflet to remind people of this objective during these trying times.

Travel News (Feb 2019) – Kings Ride

It has been reported that there will be roadworks on King’s Ride by entrance 3 to Heatherwood Hospital starting on Monday 17 February, 2020, and going on for the next 10 weeks. Three way traffic lights will be in operation, so probably best to give yourself more time if you are planning to use this route.

Travel (Dec 2019) – South Ascot and Windsor

Work on laying electricity cables through South Ascot has been completed. There are currently no related roadworks between Ascot and the A30.

However, it is reported that traffic going into Windsor during the rush hour is even heavier than usual. This may possibly be due to the current rail strike.

Access to the Ascot Medical Centre

The entrance to the Ascot Medical Centre off King’s Ride has been closed and is likely to remain so for some time.

The revamping of Ascot, in particular Heatherwood Hospital, is well underway and the only way into Ascot Medical Centre is as follows:

Enter off London Road at the entrance nearest the War Memorial Horse Roundabout, turn right and drive to the end of the car park, past the Disabled Bay slots, turn left though the narrowing bit, follow the road around to the right, go down the slope passing the hospital buildings on either side and,  finally, turn left into the Ascot Medical Centre car park; you will see that is barricaded/walled in, so this is the only way to get in …. and out! 

The home page of the Ascot Health Centre website has a slideshow which displays seven pictures. If you watch it then you will eventually see that one of them has an aerial shot of the Heatherwood site with a hand-drawn line in red which indicates the route from London Road to the centre.