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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:59 pm

I'd agree about the coleslaw - and it always hangs around for longer than you wanted it to.

Sue - our visitor parking permits are free for the over 60s. A fact I didn't know until a lady in the council offices politely asked me how old I was when I was about to pay a short while after my 60th birthday. I wasn't sure whether to be glad I'd saved money or annoyed that I looked my age!

PP - if your OH is making the nurses laugh it sounds as though he's settled well which must be a relief. I hope that the next ward will be as friendly.

A bucket lined with a plastic bag containing cat litter is what a lot of people who do 'wild' camping in campervans use. They then tie up the bags and leave them in litter bins. I'm not sure I approve of that really but it could be worse. It's a great travelling tip though and you can dispose if the contents as you see fit. I was reading earlier that a lot of cat litter is not sustainable so you'd need the right sort to feel you were being eco friendly.

The flu jab has been done. I'm starting to wonder about the wearing of masks and healthcare though. Up until this week it seemed that healthcare providers were being almost over vigilant but the chiropodist did not wear a mask in my house the other day and the pharmacist today did not wear one (I did of course) and we were in a small enclosed room at the back of the shop. I thought that a pharmacist especially would make a thing of covering up and sanitising. A few months ago I suspect those people would have done, it shows how slack things are getting.

Just in case it applies to anyone, if you're 64 and your birthday falls before the end of winter you're classed as 65 from now and get a free jab suitable for over 65s. I found that out last year but the pharmacist today said it still applied.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Pampy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:04 pm

Earthmaiden wrote:
Just on case it applies to anyone, if you're 64 and your birthday falls before the end of winter you're classed as 65 from now and get a free jab suitable for over 65s. I found that out last year but the pharmacist today said it still applied.

I had a big "discussion" with a receptionist at my GPs practice - I said I was 65 but she said I could only have the over-65 jab if I was "over 65 - ie 66" :?
In the end, I just let her get on with it and reminded the nurse who was administering the injection that I was 65.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Pepper Pig » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:11 pm

I knew I’d read it somewhere EM! Glad to know I wasn’t having delusions.

Moira his move has now been put on hold as his heartbeat isn’t consistent. Thanks for asking.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:19 pm

Really? It would be very sad if people went without the jab as a result. The year before last when I was 64 and still working I had a voucher from work but the pharmacist said that as my 65th birthday was in Feb I was classed as 65 which meant you have a different jab and I could have it free. After a long conversation it transpired they didn't have any of the over 65 stuff in stock so I suggested I had the 64 instead. I had a long lecture to make sure I absolutely understood the difference before he'd administer it. For some reason we got on that subject during my appointment today and it is still free for nearly 65s.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Pampy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:21 pm

I did suggest to the nurse that someone had a word in the ear of the receptionist - hopefully they did.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Stokey Sue » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:23 pm

I just had my flu jab, when I went in the pharmacy it was waiting for me, easy to do while they aren't busy and I'm wearing short sleeves

Continuing the list of things that have Gone Wrong today, I went to the pharmacy to collect 2 little bottles of eye drops, and received a bumper bundle of 8 bottles of assorted eye drops, including 2 bottles of one I haven't used for 2 years and shouldn't be on my list of renewable prescriptions. I left those, but accepted 4 little bottles of one I do use but not that much, as they had a 2 year shelf life, and it takes me to about a 6 month supply - also they are from the manufacturer that uses good dropper bottles, which makes a real difference

So I called the GP practice, and fortunately got hold of the reallygood receptionist, who is sorting it out on their system and has activated my NHS Access app

But n the whole, it's been one of those days, and I could join Smitch in a little weep :newhuggy

Hope Axel continues to improve, Uschi

Hope the heart beat settle down PP

Good that the wet dry run was a success Suffs

Think I'm going to water some plants and binge watch the rest of Strike until I fall asleep

Have a good day everyone

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Postby dennispc » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:27 pm

Instead of cat litter, daughter uses sawdust in their very basic camper van.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Pampy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:37 pm

Stokey Sue wrote:So I called the GP practice, and fortunately got hold of the reallygood receptionist, who is sorting it out on their system and has activated my NHS Access app

I order my prescriptions online but the surgery NEVER reads the note that I put on to add a sharps container to my order. For some reason, I am told that they can't go on a repeat prescription, despite me having to inject 5 times a day! I always have to ring the surgery to get the additional item so I might as well just save my time and blood pressure and order everything by phone.

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Postby smitch » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:14 pm

Pampy, how do you dispose of your sharps bin? I was given one when I started self-injecting my B12 but the nurse didn't really say what to do when it was full. The chemist won't take it as I'm a patient in a different CCG even though they are almost next door to my GP :roll:

Had another cry then gave some successful job applicants some good news. I also emailed my rubbish boss to suggest I leave earlier than the end of October, hopefully that will spur him into action to actually follow through with the promises he made me about my work until I go.

Need to brave Asda now for our click and collect order.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby herbidacious » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:34 pm

Seatallan wrote:
herbidacious wrote:
Has anyone who's in their 50s (is anyone else here?) been offered a free flu jab as was suggested we would be in the news?/quote]

Herbi, from what I understand, there's a plan to extend the free jab to people 50+ later in the autumn. I think November has been posited. I'm in two minds as to whether to wait in the hope of a freebie or get it done earlier and pay. I'll probably do the latter.



We've just been offered vouchers for a free jab from Boots via work. Too late!

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby herbidacious » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:39 pm

Smitch

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Postby Lusciouslush » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:42 pm

I don't know what's going on, but pharmacies won't take any used/unused injectors any more & haven't done for a very long time 'round here - I used to be able to drop off my out-of-date Epipens to the chemist to dispose of them full of adrenaline, but not any more, neither the dr's surgery - I was told to take them up to the hospital - & that is an absolute nightmare having to prove who you are etc. unless you can slip them into a surgical bin without being seen - so that doesn't happen.....!
The local council are even worse. :evil:

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Busybee » Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:27 pm

Contact your local council for sharps bin removal.

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questi ... or-sharps/

If I remember correctly, the process for sharps bins changed some time ago.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Kacey » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:30 pm

We've both paid for flu jabs for the past few years since the flu nearly killed me a couple of years ago. We're both eligible for the over 50's free ones this year, but the GP's surgery would only commit to sometime in November if they had any left! Superdrug aren't offering the paid for ones till early October and Boots had no appointments free till mid October!

We had our flu jabs this afternoon, on our walk back from town we tried a small independent chemist just in case, and managed to get them done there and then for £12 each.

So sorry to hear so many of you are having problems of one sort or another at the moment, sometimes its hard to see light at the end of the tunnel and hard not to feel that life is out to get you sometimes. My OH's late father used to call it the curse of the OBB, something to do with an open bowellled being throwing a lot of sh*t at you. That's where OH gets his pessimism from.

We're currently hurtling towards the end of a 2 wk staycation, we should have been in Tinos but decided not to risk a 4hr flight and a 4hr ferry ride so deferred to next year. Felt smug that we'd made the right decision when Tinos was added to the quarantine list, especially as OH can't work from home. Its been really nice to get some walking done in the countryside around Derby city and just take time to enjoy where we live. We've eaten far too many hot buttered crumpets for breakfast and far too many cheese & onion cobs in our packed lunches, and that's before we even look at the beer we've got through! I have no intention of getting on the scales until at least 2 weeks after I get back to work. Luckily for me still working from home in the short term, I'm crossing fingers that I can dodge going back into the office until at least next spring.

All good wishes and hugs to everyone who needs them and hoping that things get better soon. :newhuggy

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby aero280 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:37 pm

If you are paying for a flu jab, please check what sort you are getting. Our local health centre sent round a circular reminding everyone who was eligible for a free flu jab to come in to them, and not pop into a "paid for" jab at a pharmacy because it was convenient. They said that a lot of the commercial flu jabs did not cover the full range of flu, and the free ones on offer covered four types of flu.

I have no way of checking that, but I haven't had flu in a while now.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Kacey » Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:52 pm

As far as I'm aware there are usually two versions of the flu jab, the newest one, covering most of the strains is available to over 65's only and those with serious underlying health conditions. The rest us get the 2nd version whether you pay for it at the chemist or have it at the surgery

Plus of course I didn't want to wait till mid=November to see if my surgery had any left or not.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:07 pm

That's how I understand it too Kacey but I suppose its worth checking.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Busybee » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:54 pm

Bear in mind that your GP practice receives a payment for every flu jab they give to their eligible patients, it’s not an inconsequential amount when you consider how many they administer.

Obviously the practice would rather receive the payment than you go to a pharmacy. It’s some twenty years since I left general practice, the payment was in the thousands even then, and we were a relatively small practice.

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This is in response to Aero’s post about the surgery discouraging patients using a pharmacy.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby herbidacious » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:00 pm

Oh dear. No we couldn't get info on what our flu jabs cover. We aren't having them until October. I don't usually bother, but when I do, I get it done at a specialist clinic in town. I have my dounts about Beckenham Boots...

I don't think I have had flu more than twice in my life... although sometimes I suppose you don't know. I had an awful thing that might have been flu about 18 months ago. I had a day when I really couldn't get out of bed which is not what you normally get with a cold. I didn't check my temperature.

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Re: Wild about Chatter

Postby Earthmaiden » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:48 pm

That's interesting BB. I had already booked mine with Boots this year before receiving a text from my doctor's surgery asking me to make an appointment in order to support them, the wording surprised me because the rest of the year they're flat out all the time and one feels that they'd be glad if you didn't go there but it makes sense now. I will remember that in future but a local pharmacy is so much more convenient.

(Has the Mumps cleared up now?)

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