My mum - in her 80’s- had to have her appointment for Covid booster and flu jab rescheduled from her Health Centre due to illness. No appointments available in any health centre in Livingston so I took her to the Vaccination centre Pyramids Business park today.
Thanks to the Porter who provided us with a wheelchair when I asked as she was unable to stand for the 1 hour 20 mins she had to wait beyond her appointment time. The majority of others attending were similiarly vulnerable elderly and for example on crutches, with mobility aids or struggling with continued standing as there were no chairs in the long winding queue for at least the first hour.
The gentleman next to us in the queue was immune compromised whilst nearby elderly lady very worried at leaving her relative who needs care at home on their own for such an unexpectedly long time. Meantime drop in’s - younger age group attending for first or second jabs- were being fast tracked through and although fit enough to be able to queue were going straight to the front, jabbed and out. We queued for over an hour before we heard that drop ins were to be stopped.
I fully appreciate the drive and need to get folks immunised for Covid including younger age groups and the challenges inherent to managing groups of people but vaccinations have been underway for months surely these and any demand peaks can be effectively managed and please consider the needs of the elderly and vulnerable in this process - given cohosting in progress.
In addition consider providing updates as to ongoing time to wait which would be helpful especially for those who require medication at certain times and the wait is over an hour. Our experience today was of a poorly coordinated and managed process.
However, have to positively highlight the nurse in the booth, receptionist and porters for their courtesy and kindness. Nurse Libby especially deserves a mention- my mum was chilled from waiting and Libby was person centred in her approach.
"Lengthy wait for vulnerable elderly at vaccination centre"
About: NHS Lothian / Covid 19 Vaccination Programme NHS Lothian Covid 19 Vaccination Programme Edinburgh EH16 4SA
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