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DH - tried - to get a flu jab

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M0nica Sun 11-Oct-20 11:49:36

Our surgery, in their wisdom decided that flu jabs for the over 65s would be available at one clinic only and named the day as today from 8.00- 10.00pm. The jab is done through an open window at the back of the surgery.

When DH arrived, just before 10.00am the queue stretched for over 400 yards and was still growing rapidly. He turned round came home and will pay to have his flu jab at a pharmacy later this week.

The surgery has 13 GPs, although a couple are part time, so it has a large number of people on its list and a good proportion will be over 65. What you do if you cannot get there has not been explained. It was take it or leave it.

I am currently so p*ssed off with the NHS. DD was nearly collateral damage during lockdown because her GP forgot to order a crucial test. When she finally got it, she was found to be very seriously ill. Now our surgery run flu jabs, so essential in the current situation, entirely for their convenience, leaving older people queueing for hours, thankfully, in sunny dry weather, but the surgery did not know how the weather would be when they chose the date.

I feel we are being treated like sheep, fit only for slaughter.

silverlining48 Sun 11-Oct-20 12:28:34

I have always had flu jabs done at the surgery but wanted to get it done early and the surgery hadn’t given their dates so went to boots online and booked an appointment fir the following week. It all went well, no queue and I didn’t have to pay.

Septimia Sun 11-Oct-20 13:10:14

We were going to go to the clinic run by our surgery to get our flu jabs. However, DH had to collect his prescription from the branch of Boots attached to the surgery and was told there that the clinics would be very busy.

He came home with the information about booking the jab at Boots, so I went straight online and made an appointment. We had our injections just over a week ago with no problems. A man came into Boots while we were waiting, hoping to get his jab without an appointment and was told that they only had sufficient vaccine for those who had booked.

GrannyGravy13 Sun 11-Oct-20 13:13:05

M0nica if your husband is eligible for a free flu vaccination he will not have to pay at the pharmacy, book first though.

MerylStreep Sun 11-Oct-20 13:22:59

Welcome to my world MOnica
During the past 6 months I've had to have 2 blood tests. When phoning the surgery for results I'm told my Dr is on holiday twice
When I asked why can't Dr ? look at my results I'm told only my Dr is dealing my results.
I live next door to a nurse. I hear too much information as to what is not happening at our local hospital 😡

PollyDolly Sun 11-Oct-20 13:27:16

Our GP surgery were exceptional on our flu jab day. There was a one way system - in through the Fire door at the end of the consulting room corridor and out the other fire door at the opposite end. This meant that all the available GP's and Nurses had a consulting room available to give the flu jabs with a clerk sat at the pc entering the patients details. Ok, so we were a bit "herded" but they got the job done. It was a brilliant concept, well managed, safe and quick!

vampirequeen Sun 11-Oct-20 14:55:24

We had free jabs at Boots last week.

3nanny6 Sun 11-Oct-20 15:06:49

My brother always gets his flu jab at the doctors surgery. He went there and was apparently told that they were not doing the flu jab because of the Covid 19. The receptionist told him to go to Boots and when he went there she had no appointments and took a phone number.
He is old fashioned in his ways and was a bit moody when I phoned him two days ago and he said nobody had phoned him and he still had not had the flu jab, adding he would just leave it for this year.
Should I try once more and try and make sure he gets the flu jab?

MrsEggy Sun 11-Oct-20 15:16:30

Our surgery was brilliant, they phoned us in August and gave us an appointment, day and time to suit us, in early October. Queue well organised through the surgery building, several staff in different rooms giving jabs, also gave us forms to book blood tests for ongoing conditions at local hospital, out at back entrance. All well planned and carried out!

Devorgilla Sun 11-Oct-20 15:32:14

We got a text message from surgery saying to phone to book which we did. Both got it yesterday at 9.00/9.03 yesterday. Very efficiently done. No hanging around and jab administered at door of office so minimum contact with others. We were asked to wear a short sleeved top to facilitate rapid administration.
My main bone of contention with GP at the moment is our nearest surgery is still closed and we have to make a longer journey.
On a brighter note, the hospital has called me in at last for a routine check, albeit six months late.

WOODMOUSE49 Sun 11-Oct-20 15:53:57

After reading quite a few threads about GNers angry/upset with doctors, NHS and hospitals, I'm posting again how pleased I am with my surgery in every respect and hospitals here in Cornwall.

Doctors brought my husband's medication (every 3 weeks) out to him during lockdown. We were self isolating.
I've had a video consultation with the doctor at the surgery and one at the hospital recently.
I've attended as an outpatient at two of our hospitals (one in two weeks for hearing aids). I was told I might have to wait 6-9 months for this but only waited 3 months smile
A MRI booked in a few weeks. This should have been earlier in the early but understandably delayed.
Flu jab booked (a time slot) at the end of October at the surgery.

Sorry for those who have had problems and hope things improve for you.

Jaxjacky Sun 11-Oct-20 16:12:33

Had flu jab done at surgery after a letter confirming date and time, straight in and out, GP administering them, slightly sore arm for two days.

BlueBelle Sun 11-Oct-20 16:18:27

Monica if he’s over 65 he doesn’t have to pay wherever he has it done I ve had mine at pharmacies the last few years you only pay if your UNDER 65 and don’t have a health condition

Toadinthehole Sun 11-Oct-20 16:20:16

We’ve had to go on a waiting list. The demand is so high, the vaccines have run out. Never had flu jabs before....and I can see us not getting one now!😮

BlueBelle Sun 11-Oct-20 16:22:13

You will need an appointment though and I know ours was full when I went for mine they were turning people away and weren’t making any more appointments until they caught up I made my appointment at the start of September and had a three week wait

Elizabeth1 Sun 11-Oct-20 16:22:35

Me and my DH got a free flu jab at a local pharmacist as long as we took along our letter received from nhs we had to fill in a form first regarding medication we were taking the pharmacist was extremely polite and speedy unfortunately several locals had to wait outside however the weather was good at the time don’t know what they would have done had it been pouring etc good luck all you folks still to get your flue jab hope you can get one soon without too much agitation. smile

BBbevan Sun 11-Oct-20 16:26:03

Y DD and her husband, both over 55 have been trying everywhere to get a flu jab. Doctor, pharmacy. Boots , Tesco etc. No goat any. I thought the government said they were in line for vaccination this year.
We had our at our doctors last week. Excellently organised.

BBbevan Sun 11-Oct-20 16:26:38

No go. goat!!!

Maggymay Sun 11-Oct-20 16:45:21

Had ours yesterday at the surgery, no hanging about one way system straight in took less than 5 minutes.

M0nica Sun 11-Oct-20 20:42:18

I envy those with surgeries that will book you in for the flu jab. It is a luxury our surgery does not offer. It is line up in the street with the rest of the sheep and shuffle forward slowly for as long as it takes. What happens to the halt and lame I have no idea.

DH spent the afternoon checking local pharmacies and Boots, online. None are offering flu jabs at present because they have run out of vaccine.

Coolgran65 Sun 11-Oct-20 20:56:37

I received a letter to phone our health centre's dedicated phone line for an appointment. That day I rang 19 times and always engaged. I waited a week and rang yesterday. My call answered yesterday immediately and I have a time slot for next Saturday.
That was an easy one..

NfkDumpling Sun 11-Oct-20 21:04:32

Our doctors had flu jab days on Tuesday and Thursday. Booked time slots; in at one side door, nurse on the door taking temperatures; very short wait in the corridor which the clerk in charge of directing the traffic; three surgeries in use so in, jabbed and out of the other side door all under ten minutes.

Another local doctor had a drive through at a local sports ground. I think most GPs are doing their best.

vegansrock Mon 12-Oct-20 04:43:56

I easily booked a flu jab at our GPs online - they held flu jab clinics over several weekends . Very efficient walk through in and out in. a few minutes. I have also easily booked a same day GP phone appointment online and was invited in for a face to face appointment next day for an examination as I was concerned about something. Good service.

Calendargirl Mon 12-Oct-20 06:55:24

Your DH would have been wiser to just join the queue MOnica, a wait certainly, but would have got it done. Bit late to say that now though.

BBbevan. Yes, over 50’s should be eligible for free flu vac this winter, but only after the over 65’s have been ‘done’.
It’s always been said that they will be in a later programme.

NotAGran55 Mon 12-Oct-20 08:27:18

The system at our surgery was staggeringly efficient . Appointments booked 2 minutes apart with allocated colour coded clinic to attend . Asked not to arrive more than 5 minutes before appointment .
No queue on arrival and directed into a one way system along 3 separate corridors ,
Dr and nurses administering jabs from a trolley standing up in the corridor outside consulting rooms with the clerks inside registering details on the PC .
Out through 3 separate doors . No congestion anywhere
All over in 2 minutes literally .