NHS Lanarkshire bosses say flu jab issue is sorted

Fed-up patients who are entitled to a flu jab but have not received one are now being advised of another way to book the injection.

NHS Lanarkshire was forced to apologise after huge numbers of patients said they had received no indication of when they would receive the jab or had received an appointment letter after the event.

This newspaper also received complaints that the very elderly continued to play a waiting game when patients decades their junior had already received the jab.

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Now the board says it is moving towards a “patient driven” booking system for anyone who has still to be contacted because the system is back on course and has even eclipsed what has been offered before.

Dr Mark Russell, Associate Medical Director, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: “Since the start of this year’s flu programme we’ve held 1,183 clinics and vaccinated 174,574 people.

“At this point, we’ve vaccinated more people that we did in the entire programme last year.

“All the issues that we have experienced have been resolved and we are on track to vaccinate everyone who is eligible.

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“You can contact us to request an appointment on 01698 687 456 during working hours.

“Alternatively you can email us via [email protected]

“Please include your name, address, date of birth and telephone number - preferably a mobile number.”

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