Last autumn we returned to the UK, having spoken to our GP and reserved a 'flu injection at his suggestion. When we got there, the receptionist told us that they had no more injections and we had to go without. Not being 'shrinking violets', we persisted and finally got what we had been promised. Always there is hassle, and we wondered what would happen this year, almost frightened to ring up and ask.
Well that was until yesterday! We saw a notice offering injections in a pharmacy window in Corfu Town, walked in off the street, stood in the shop for two minutes and walked out again with protection and a plaster that cost just 7 euros each. No messing around, no delay, do it immediately - if ever there is a time to act, when is it? NOW! To my mind, it was 7 euros well spent, if only to avoid the confrontation with staff in UK surgeries.
Post by parsonsgang on Oct 31, 2008 12:38:31 GMT 2
I tried to book a flu jab at the doctors last week and was told they only had one appointment left at 3.10pm one day next week. Not much good when the kids finish school at 3.20. That was their last injection and they didn't know if or when the next batch would be coming in. Nikki
I'm lucky, I work for the NHS, so we get it free every year. Phoning on Monday to see if I can get an appointment this year - where I was based b4, they just did a walk in clinic, but I've moved now & am having to book an appointment, so I'll see how I get on.
That's amazing though. I might just fly out to Corfu for mine in future! lol
Post by donbrindles on Oct 31, 2008 13:54:41 GMT 2
Clearly the standard of service provided by GP surgeries around the uk varies enormously. It shouldn't of course - so long as the same standard of service everywhere aspires to the best rather than worst that patients experience. Just for the record, I had a letter recently from my local NHS Trust, informing me about the availability of flu jabs and, if relevant, pneumonia vaccination, from my GP.
I turned up at the surgery on the appropriate date and time - no appointment necessary - and had my flu jab within 5 minutes. I enquired about the pneumonia vaccination. No problem...a fresh batch had arrived that morning - done immediately, and free. I left the surgery satisfied and impressed...and with aching left and right arms!
Our surgery informs Elaine and I online. The surgery has a website, and it is placed up on the news sheets, and we get a bulk email. Those who do not have online facilities are informed by either letter, or the surgery newsletter, or by the GP on a visit.
We have to book at time on one of four Saturday mornings. The appointments are staggered at 5 minutes intervals, but this is only to ensure a steady flow throughout the morning.
Of course I get mine free being diabetic, and Elaine does also because she works in a Pharmacy, subject to all nasties.
It is great to know that this facility is in Corfu at a small cost, and available. Perhaps if the UK were to make a small charge there would be more vaccinations to go round. I certainly would not mind paying a small fee.
Hi Chris - are you sure that your surgery is in the UK? - it is so unlike the one we have used. Our GP refuses categorically to give us the surgery email address because 'he can't guarantee to respond on time'.
In Corfu, every doctor we have ever seen gives us their office number, their email address and even their personal mobile number with the instruction that we are to ring them at any time. We have never done so once, but it comforting to know that we can.
Absolutely Steve. They set up a website about 2 years ago, and one can do everything on there except make appointments. But then the telephone system they have is brilliant for that. One can phone at 8am, and have an appointment for 8.30 or whenever.
Prescriptions can be ordered online, and stays they registered under a password.
They really do have a good system. Even when I mention it in the UK, friends and family are quite stunned to hear of it. Some friends have even swapped doctors to be at our surgery.
ronster: Sorry I meant RODA
Jul 22, 2020 14:32:50 GMT 2
janiemou: The bars, cafe's and restaurants are almost all open, and the one or two still closed are opening imminently. So don't worry.
Jul 23, 2020 11:24:39 GMT 2
ronster: Thank you janiemou
Jul 23, 2020 11:54:11 GMT 2
ronster: Can anybody advise the current exchange rate in Roda for the GBP please,
Jul 30, 2020 11:41:30 GMT 2
janiemou: Just reported it as 1.06-1.07€ to £1 probably about the same as this time last year.
Jul 31, 2020 11:27:01 GMT 2
janiemou: Just to say that Dani (Nino's) is back home and in an electric wheelchair to get around as he also has an arm in a sling.
Aug 3, 2020 12:02:35 GMT 2
maudy: Hi Jan just wondering if you have any way of clearing all the old threads so it’s easier to get straight to the latest one's
Aug 12, 2020 16:52:00 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Maudy, when you look at a thread, at the top there should be numbers in boxes. Just click on the highest number and you will find the latest post.
Aug 13, 2020 16:12:53 GMT 2
maudy2: Still got my fingers crossed to get to Roda on Saturday .fingers and toes crossed actually now hubby is having chirporactic treatment due to hurting his back and having a herniated disc and I have vertigo which i usually have for a week
Aug 25, 2020 19:09:10 GMT 2
maudy2: should make a hilarious start for the other passengers holiday though if Tony cant get up the plane steps and I'm spinning around in circles trying to catch him
Aug 25, 2020 19:10:53 GMT 2
janiemou: It might provide a welcome comic moment . Look forward to seeing you out here.
Aug 26, 2020 13:14:47 GMT 2
maudy: Well that’s a strange Vietnamese thread that’s been started on the forum 🤔
Aug 26, 2020 16:36:11 GMT 2
maudy: On the online photo gallery
Aug 26, 2020 16:37:03 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Maudy it was spam have banned the sender and deleted it. Either Dave or I catch them quickly, but not this time
Aug 27, 2020 8:40:19 GMT 2
maudy: Jan why is Danny from ninos in an mobility scooter ? Has he had an op ? I keep seeing him up and down
Sept 2, 2020 21:49:33 GMT 2
janiemou: Maudy, Danny was injured when a car went into his scooter. He had to go to the mainland for surgery on his hips and legs also his arm was in plaster. His little girl just escaped with grazes.
Sept 6, 2020 8:12:03 GMT 2
maudy: OMG poor Danny but a blessing that his little girl wasn’t hurt more
Sept 8, 2020 11:35:15 GMT 2
janiemou: Danny has progressed to crutches, but he does seem to love whizzing about in his electric wheelchair!
Sept 16, 2020 10:53:50 GMT 2
maudy: Those Vietnamese persons that keep posting are annoying 😤I keep thinking I’m going to see some more photos but it’s just them trying to lure people to a gambling site 🤬 can’t they be blocked ?
Sept 24, 2020 17:22:17 GMT 2