I've been wfh for 5 weeks now aside from a few days early on that I needed to pickup test gear and assisted staff setup for redeployment.
Partner has been off work since level 4 started.
We have only been out generally once a week. Only visited 1 supermarket (aside from partner last week. Went to the one that I feel aren't doing right so I won't go near) and the local dairy.
So possibility of catching it is a supermarket. Which would be pretty bad.
Could quite easily be simply stress and the common cold given the change of seasons given symptoms. But regardless, I felt uneasy risking it with a shel be right approach.
Called my GP yesterday for advise, after a bit of a chat they said it's best to just go get tested. I got told where a station was and that was it. I was actually expecting a referral.
I picked the location out of the two that to me would be the easiest to navigate. Website and nuse both simply said it was at the local white Cross.
Turn up there today, no signage expect right outside where the general public enter. Turns out it was around back.
I am still very unimpressed that, that's not made clear. There was even a homeless man out front. He could easily catch it from people reading the sign and then pass it on.... /rant.
Once we drove around back, was all as expected. Tents laid out etc, plenty of staff. Not many at all being tested.
Probably took about 45 mins to get through all the questions, finding of accounts etc
NHS numbers aren't shared between practices? W. tf? Again, seems like a basic failure to me.
The nuse doing the paper work over the phone was lovely though. Did her best.
Once that was over, we went through the questionnaire with the one of the nurses and then continued on. They run a reasonably slick process physically, but it seemed to be awaiting paperwork quite often.
The process itself wasn't as I expected. But my advice is just as I said to my partner at the time. Sit back, let them do it. Otherwise they will just have to redo it till they can get it done right....
Overall a good experience. But there were a few simple things that could have made it easier.
I was actually pretty shocked at the limited number of people and the number of people who lined up (in their cars) and then left. Maybe they were advised they don't meet conditions though?
Hopefully once this is all over the health system can look at implenting better records sharing etc.