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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2020, 16:53 
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Work want us to have covid tests before we have the children back in preschool - not a bad idea. However. They told us this on Friday evening, giving us just over a week that included a bank holiday to get them done.

I tried booking for the test centre 2 miles away, but it was full, so rather than drive 25 or 30 miles to have the test done I managed to book a home test. You have to have it collected from the post box within 1 hour of doing the test, & my post box collects at 5pm. At 4pm, I did the swab, put it carefully in the vial and did the lid up - and the lid broke! There's no-where closer than 180 miles away at the moment, & I couldn't get another home test because I'd just had one - but when I phoned up to say "please, please, can I have another test?", they don't actually have any more home test kits. So just got to keep trying to book somewhere in East Anglia, rather than Wales.

It's an annoyance rather than a big problem, and I do appreciate I'm lucky to be able to have a test, to drive there, and Internet for booking it. But I'm not happy right now!


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2020, 19:18 
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How irritating Lyanne. And not just that, but I think fairly indicative of how things are going at the moment.

I am in the Czech Republic. You can get a test with great ease locally and have the first result the next day, and for the second part of the test, the day after.

Masks have just been brought back in shops and public places for the start of the school term to reduce the chances of a big second wave.

We feel much safer here than we did during lockdown in the UK.

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2020, 20:33 
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In our part of the UK, tests seem pretty easy to come by, and the test centres are open 7 days. But, I’m lucky to have several cities round and about, within not too far a distance.

While we’re also “lucky” to be in an area of current concern, so there’s lots of emphasis on testing at the moment, this has been the same right through since I had my test in May - lots of work colleagues have been tested and almost always gone one within 24 hrs. Results are now typically 24hrs later - it was 48 hrs back in May.

I’m in West Yorkshire.


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2020, 20:35 
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Lyanne wrote:
I managed to book a home test. You have to have it collected from the post box within 1 hour of doing the test, & my post box collects at 5pm. !



I find that interesting. How can anyone guarantee when the test will be collected? All my local post boxes say the collection is 17.15. They can't possibly all be emptied at the same time given it's the same van doing the collection. That has to taken as the last time you can post and it will be collected but doesn't given you any clues as to the actual time of collection.

I had been wondering how accurate the home tests were. Given it's uncomfortable to do and it's not something that people are accustomed to doing, I wondered how you could tell that they had been carried out properly? If they aren't carried out properly then you would have negative tests that should be positive. Now, apparently, there are time limits on collection (are postboxes a particularly bad place for swabs to be or is it just that the swabs need to be tested within a certain period of time and this apparent restriction is an attempt to see that swabs are received in that time period?).
A friend said they were told that it had to be posted in a particular kind of postbox yet information about where these postboxes were turned out to be hard-to-find and they ended up driving round to several places to find a box!
I don't drive and so-called "walk-in" centres locally are not only miles away but are being reported as actually being "drive-in" with no "walk-in" facilities. The only kind of test I could get would be a home test but it looks as though even that might not be suitable for people without transport...


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 01 Sep 2020, 21:13 
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Some post boxes have been marked as "priority", which is apparently to do with testing, but I find it very hard to believe that they're being emptied that often. Maybe they are!

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2020, 12:23 
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I'm lucky (would have been lucky) in that our nearest postbox is listed as a priority one, and is 3 minutes gentle stroll from home. I've just looked at the priority postbox list again, and the others have quite different collection times, from already long gone today to not till 18.00 hours.

I've seen the post box being emptied and 17.00 does seem to be pretty accurate.

I've managed to get a test booked for this afternoon 16 miles from home, so it will be done. Still anxious as I've not driven that far in over 6 months!


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2020, 20:11 
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A friend's just posted on social media that she'd received notification of her annual 'flu. jab - but it's notlonger being done by her (within walking distance) GP. Now she has to drive several miles to a specialist site! That seems to make no sense if you are trying to encourage a much greater take-up than normal.

It's been suggested that she asks her local pharmacy to do the jab. (Luckily she has a local pharmacy)


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PostPosted: 03 Sep 2020, 15:37 
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I guess the specialist site would be like the covid testing sites, so you'd go in with your arm bared and hold it to the open car window, to minimise infection risks? Our GP doesn't usually get the alerts out till mid September for the flu jab.

Got my result back this morning & it was negative, so that's good.


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 04 Sep 2020, 18:13 
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Lyanne wrote:
I guess the specialist site would be like the covid testing sites, so you'd go in with your arm bared and hold it to the open car window, to minimise infection risks?


And again leaves the question about what happens if you can't drive. There seems to be too many policies that are based are people living in houses with sufficient bedrooms for everyone to have their own, multiple bathrooms and access to cars, completely ignoring that that is a minority lifestyle.


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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
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And don't even get me started on the assumption that everyone has a smartphone.

I choose not to even access the internet on my very simple basic mobile let alone do any fancy stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: New Year whinges - please whinge away in here!
PostPosted: 05 Sep 2020, 09:29 
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And I'll add that the assumption that everyone has access to a computer and a printer or smart phone when they're away from home. The 4 page form I was required to complete before I came back to the UK had to be completed and sent online and a hard copy printed off or saved on a phone which had to be shown to Border Control.


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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2020, 12:42 
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Annied wrote:
And I'll add that the assumption that everyone has access to a computer and a printer or smart phone when they're away from home. The 4 page form I was required to complete before I came back to the UK had to be completed and sent online and a hard copy printed off or saved on a phone which had to be shown to Border Control.

Were you asked to show it Annied? And if so at which airport? Because there seem to be many people coming into Stansted complaining that nothing is asked of them...

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I already had it in my hand as I was waiting to go through Border Control at Newcastle Airport and the guy took it off me and scanned the code at the top. Remember though that my flight was from Amsterdam and the Netherlands were on the quarantine list. It may be different for flights arriving from countries where quarantine isn't necessary.


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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2020, 15:48 
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Thanks. Sadly Czech Republic is now on the quarantine list which will not help with packing stuff that is in storage and getting removal quotes. Heigh ho, if ever the saying about best laid plans was apt, it is this year.

Czechs have a version of man proposes, God disposes...

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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2020, 16:26 
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My cousin's friend was on holiday in France. She checked in online the night before, and went to bed. Unbeknownst to her, the French authorities had changed the rules with effect from midnight, so she arrived at the airport the next day and was told that she couldn't board her flight because she hadn't completed a form which she didn't know existed :roll: .

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PostPosted: 05 Sep 2020, 22:22 
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We were asked to email something to the governmental authority "which the teachers have signed".

All the teachers are working from home via Zoom. Most of them haven't got a printer, let alone a scanner. So no, the authority could not have something which all the teachers have printed out, signed, scanned in, and sent back to me. This was pointed out to them when I sent it in *without* signatures, and they never bothered answering that, so I suppose they've seen sense.

We did do a bit of digging online and the people with tech that helps rather than hinders have managed to take a photo of their signature and add it to Word documents, so that will have to do if they press the issue!


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I'm sick of getting recorded messages saying that no-one's answering the phone "because of coronavirus". Look on the website for answers. If the answer was on the website, people would not waste time ringing up and pressing buttons 1, 2 and 3 and all the rest of it. Or send an e-mail - which no-one answers.

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Oh yes, I heartily agree Alison. But there are other entities which are actually working better via the phone. Much to my surprise, Herts Social Services for example, at least for the most part.

And indeed the GP surgery if you are happy with a phone consultation....

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Hugs to everyone who needs them! Am feeling a bit desperate as my temporary two week accommodation in Edinburgh (just moved here for new job) can't receive me today as they are waiting to hear whether someone who just moved out has Covid (test pending...). Had offers for two AirBnbs, went to book and they fell through, so am contemplating a hostel dorm for a couple of nights. I do have flat viewings lined up but they're moving very slowly and are a bit bureaucratic, and some agencies won't consider me because my previous landlord was not in the UK. I very seriously considered just giving up on the new job this weekend and moving home. Hotels not really an option. Not the start I wanted to life in Scotland. Rant over! :(


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Oh that is a tough situation, roversgirl - hope it gets resolved for you soonest!


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