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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER GETTING SHIRTY!


Over the last few years I’ve had what I thought was pretty phenomenal success in getting the staff to wear a rather garish t-shirt for a couple of months to promote our flu service.


I


wasn’t really aware that most of the team actually liked wearing the t-shirt until last year when I said that they didn’t need to wear them any longer there was a resounding “We’ll wear them for a few more weeks.”


This year we’ve dipped deep into the coffers and had some bespoke purple flu t-shirts made and every staff member has received two. This is a massive improvement on one each for previous years when I was probably fortunate not to receive bills excessive tumble dryer usage.


Speaking of flu you may well have heard rumours of the NHS insisting that all frontline hospital staff receive their flu jab if they wish to carry out their usual roles and not be redeployed elsewhere.


I’m obviously a believer in vaccines and if I was unwell in hospital I would like to think that the person treating me had received the flu vaccine for my benefit as much as their own. Saying that I’d rather the surgeon was carrying out operations rather than a porter who has been upgraded due to their vaccine status. We have always encouraged our staff to receive their flu vaccine and we will happily pay for it if they want one. Last year we had a 100% vaccination record and we have matched that this year. I made sure that I got mine early too as I don’t want to be redeployed to tea duty if it’s on record that I haven’t been jabbed yet!


PAPERING OVER THE CRACKS!


Last month it was widely reported in the press that the new health minister Matt Hancock was on a mission to see the back of what he called ‘archaic’ paper prescriptions in favour of an electronic version. These are already available in many areas of Cumbria and the UK in general, but not currently in Cockermouth. He feels that moving to electronic prescriptions will both speed up the process of getting a prescription as well as reducing the chances of a prescribing error being made.


I think with regard to prescribing errors, he was referring to handwritten prescriptions, which are the exception nowadays. But electronic prescriptions certainly are quicker with us regularly seeing prescriptions sent to us in a matter of minutes from surgeries up and down the country for patients on holiday in the area. All we have to do then is get hold of the weird and wonderful medication they are asking for!


JABBERING IDIOT!


This season saw the introduction of a specific flu vaccination for those aged 65 years or over. As widely predicted, the reliance on one manufacturer to supply the whole country resulted in complications. Some surgeries and pharmacies had their orders lost and others never made the vaccine manufacturers deadline, which was new as there usually isn’t one as such.


We were fortunate (well if you count ordering in January and chasing up with tens of emails and phone calls fortunate) to get hold of a lot of vaccine early on in the season and have already had our second delivery.


There has been a bit of suspicion about this vaccine, with many doubting the motives of the government, spending extra on vaccines for our vintage members of society. Some have suggested ulterior motives at play including:


•Wanting you around so that they can take some money out of your pension


• They want you to suffer Brexit too Nat Mitchell


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• Mass euthanasia The truth is slightly less harsh and that they want you nowhere near their hospitals this winter!


IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A NHS FLU JAB then you are welcome to have it with us, regardless of which GP surgery you are registered with, as long as it is in the UK


OVER 65 - Struggling to get vaccinated this year?


We have vaccinated patients from far and wide who have struggled to get the adjuvant (Fluad) vaccine


ALLISON’S FLU JAB SERVICE


have received two large deliveries in October and are due another in early November, so should be able to protect whoever wants to use our ‘drop-in’ service


Cumbria County Council Vouchers


Vouchers accepted for FREE vaccination of school staff from eligible schools


PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHETHER YOU ARE ELIGIBLE!


Private 4 Strain Vaccine - £10.00


AVAILABLE TO THOSE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FREE NHS FLU JAB


You must be over 9 years of age TRAVEL CLINIC AVAILABLE FOR


VACCINATIONS and ANTIMALARIALS OPENING TIMES


Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday: 8.30am - 4.00pm


31 Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LE www.allisonschemist.com | 01900 822 292


ISSUE 430 | 18 OCTOBER 2018 | 11 ALLISON’S FLU JAB SERVICE


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