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  • in reply to: NHS Coronavirus dashboard – statistics #5413
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    An accompanying NHS Digital Dashboard is also available, providing similar details, but in a slightly different presentation:

    This view will also show neighbouring postcodes, so you can view the situation more generally.  This is available at https://digital.nhs.uk/dashboards

    in reply to: Vaccination! #5400
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    Kit Smith writes:

    We have been for our New Lease of Life.   They wouldn’t tolerate any ‘photos being taken during any part of the procedure.

    We did manage to get someone to take a photo of us both in the waiting room just before we left.

    Kit and Brian Garwood in the waiting room

    The whole experience was really impressive from being spoken to as we arrived in the car park,  having temperatures taken at the hospital entrance and being guided every step of the way.   The actual vaccination was absolutely painless and  we were in and out really quickly.

    We are so relieved that we are now,  hopefully,  on the way to getting back to normal life.

    Hope this is helpful.  To refuse the vaccination would,  in our opinion,  be absolutely stupid.

    in reply to: Vaccination! #5399
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    Jan Lowy writes:

    I duly had my jab yesterday afternoon, and completely agree with all that Basil had to say.   Everyone was so efficient and friendly, and the jab was very quick – nowhere near as uncomfortable as the usual flu jab, and no after effects at all this morning.   Alison took a photo of my arm when I got home, and there is a tiny red mark!

    in reply to: Vaccination! #5398
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    Basil Helman writes:

    In the distance the thinning mist revealed two figures in high-viz jackets stamping their feet with their hands glumly stuck under their armpits to gather warmth.  Not a scene from some Cold War novel but Minehead Community Hospital on a cold January Sunday morning.

    We slow the car “When is your appointment? ” we are asked.

    “Park the car and wait until five minutes before your appointment then go to the main entrance ”

    Outside the main entrance we are met by two staff, one of whom proffers sanitising fluid and a new mask.  Wife, a tyke, protests the mask she is wearing is straight out of the packet and Yorkshire thrift precluded her from taking another.  She was eventually persuaded.  Self, a sophisticated west countryman grabs the freebie.  The second member of staff points a gun like object at our foreheads, only to take the temperatures.  We are allowed to enter.

    Inside, identities are established and labels provided.  We are led to adjacent seats, sit down only to be called seconds later.  Taken along the corridor it’s established which room is free.  Phoebe will administer the jab.   I sit down and further identity checks proceed after which data is entered into the network system.  Do I take blood thinners?  Answer yes!  The keyboard clicks away.  Formalities concluded Phoebe reaches for a syringe and, after a slight prick, plunges the needle into the left deltoid muscle.  Interestingly, I subsequently find that by moving to a very thin needle the NHS has been able to save up to 20% of the available vaccine.

    Once respectably dressed I’m led by another staff member towards the recovery room.  However, seeing my wife ahead I accelerate only to be restrained – the two meter rule.  I point out it was a woman I casually slept with and then, rather surprisingly, was quickly released.

    We sit for 15 minutes in the recovery room where the conversation provides growing praise for the experience we had all been through.  Whilst sitting there a nurse entered with a pair of eyes that we recognised from our local practice. From her we learn that the objective was to inoculate one person per minute over an 11 hour session and that this was the second time that such a session had been held.

    Our time up, we proceeded to the exit where we were signed out on the computer at the door emerging back into the car park twenty minutes after entry.

    During a recent Zoom meeting I described our experience as ‘exemplary’ and on reflection I see no reason to qualify that judgement.I’m left awestruck with the genius of two Turkish immigrants working in a German laboratory who made the vaccine and this visit possible.

    in reply to: Vaccination! #5397
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    The image of Minehead Community Hospital is provided by ‘Living Better‘ – a collaboration between the West Somerset Primary Care Network (GP Surgeries), and other local agencies and professionals, providing proactive and person-centred care with a clear goal; to increase and support peoples’ independence and well-being.

    in reply to: Compromised National Insurance Number #5384
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    This seems to be a new, but trending, scam. Revenue and Customs are aware and offer advice:

    “Do not telephone the number provided, or provide anyone with your personal details, including your bank or credit card information.

    “HMRC is aware of these automated phone call scams.

    “To help their investigations you should report full details of the scam by email to: phishing@hmrc.gov.uk, including the:

    – date of the call

    – phone number used

    – content of the call.”

    in reply to: Fake parcel delivery #4051
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    And from ‘Keeping in touch’ today: Many of us are receiving deliveries from a range of companies at this present time.
    Please please take care if you receive unexpected emails from DPD it’s a scam. ,it nearly caught me. It will download a virus onto your device.
    Further information can be found by typing DPD delivery virus into your preferred browser.
    Take care stay safe from all viruses.

    in reply to: New Sightings #3400
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    Dipper at Wimbleball

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    in reply to: New Sightings #3226
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    Hi Kay.  Good to see. I apologise because I have not seen anything terribly unusual. Nice weather yesterday and I saw three buzzards in a group beginning to rise on the thermals. They seemed to come from approximately Whitecross.

    in reply to: North Hill, Minehead #1023
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    Long tailed tit
    This is what they look like! Not my photo – and I will remove it. Just here as an example

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