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Devon GPs struggle with swine flu calls

17th November 2009

GP surgeries in Devon have warned they are facing problems dealing with the number of patients calling in about swine flu jabs.

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The Devon Local Medical Committee said that some surgeries were getting thousands of calls.

Some surgeries in Devon received the vaccine in October, but others only have only just had it delivered.

Barnstaple GP Dr Mark Sanford-Wood, chair of the Devon Local Medical Committee, told the BBC that this holdup had led to the influx of calls.

"We have had patients contacting practices across the county asking when they will be invited in. Unfortunately we have not been able to give them that advice in a definitive way," he said.

Doctors are due to give vaccinations to around 200,000 high-priority patients, including people who work in healthcare, such as nurses.

Devon Primary Care Trust released a statement which said it had spent "months" in preparation for swine flu and they were happy with the way GPs were dealing with the pandemic.

Dr Sanford-Wood said: "The logistics of mass vaccination are extremely testing, but we will get there. Most GPs will be laying on extra surgeries and weekend opening." 

 

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