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7 hours ago, sporty-shite said:

Will your GP not do a telephone consultation? If it's a meds review, they should be able to make adjustments without physically seeing you.

Potentially - though I'll need to start the ball rolling from scratch again as they've just outright cancelled the appointment.

Not sure how to go about booking a telephone appointment as they've locked down the entire booking system (including the phone based one) so there's no way to request an appointment without physically going there.  Going there involves ignoring the big angry red signs on the door saying do not enter unless in case of dire emergency.

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Went out to get a pack of paracetamol. Boots none, Superdrug none. FFS. Local chemist, sorted but the place looked like a biohazard containment unit FFS. This is getting a bit silly. 

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2 hours ago, purplebargeken said:

Went out to get a pack of paracetamol. Boots none, Superdrug none. FFS. Local chemist, sorted but the place looked like a biohazard containment unit FFS. This is getting a bit silly. 

Yep...took me visits to seven pharmacies on Friday to find some Nurofen Plus (the only thing which will even touch the pain when my back is acting up).  There went a significant portion of the afternoon!

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1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

Yep...took me visits to seven pharmacies on Friday to find some Nurofen Plus (the only thing which will even touch the pain when my back is acting up).  There went a significant portion of the afternoon!

If you have one close by then Savers and Home Bargains, probably others too, stock that and similar items.

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12 hours ago, sporty-shite said:

Really? I was doing between 75p and £1/mile in 2004. Glad I quit!

Yeah, market forces. If I had my own customers I could probably push it up to 1.20 plm, but as a subbie I have to make do with the scraps. 63p plm today, which on a 57 mile job (plus the 18 miles to pick up) equates to the square root of fuck all. And that was quite a high offer from me too !

 

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1 hour ago, myglaren said:

If you have one close by then Savers and Home Bargains, probably others too, stock that and similar items.

Sadly Nurofen Plus has codeine in and as such is pharmacy only.

I did eventually manage to get through to the GP surgery this afternoon on the phone.  They currently aren't booking anything whatsoever (phone or otherwise) other than for emergencies, and cannot advise when they will be changing that. 

They've also advised that as I am officially firmly in an "at risk" group, that I should be immediately taking action.  Their advice is that I should immediately cut off all contact with the outside world (including isolating myself from my housemates as they're still having to venture to work at the moment, especially Abby who's still having to take the train into Central London daily), and plan on not setting foot out the door for at least the next 12 weeks unless it's a matter of life or death.

Um...Yeah.  Let's see how that goes...

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16 hours ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

Do you have a branch of "mind" locally they give 6 months free counseling.

It depends on the Local Mind Association's provision.  I used to work for one.

Each local Mind is an independent charity that does its own fundraising and service provision.  The services therefore vary between different areas.  In effect, 'Mind' charities are a franchise system that signs up to a set of policies and procedures but are otherwise independent.  The Local Mind Association I used to work for did offer free (and paid-for) counselling, as well as drop-ins, activity sessions, housing, employment support, etc. - but we were a bigger one with good financials.  It depends.

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I did try calling them about a year back. They basically punted me back to the GP and IAPT, saying "We have 900% more patients than resources, if you get suicidal then give us a call back."

As with everything vaguely health related in my area, massively underfunded and oversubscribed.

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Went out in the celica today. Got to leave my mums and I snapped the bloody key in the door lock.  Managed to get it out. Then realised no spare key. So celica left at mums and will now have to get one of them auto locksmith chaps to come and cut one and programme it on site. 

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Yep, Subaru were able to do that when I lost the keys to the Justy.  I then had to spend an enjoyable* few hours upside down in the driver's footwell bypassing the dealer fit immobiliser.

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The Montgomery canal triathlon's been cancelled. Been really looking forward to doing it again, buts this bastarding Corona virus has seen it off.  

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Two grumps; one probably self-inflicted the other not....

ONE: Got an email from Top Boss/CEO chappie saying as of today (Tuesday) all non-essential field based staff are to either work from home or be redeployed into essential roles, if they have SKILLZ.. I don't.So I spent the day at home, ringing, texting, emailing punters on my visit list. Trouble is, at some point in 2018, someone who has no idea, decided to remove the result code for "telephone call back" and "telephone no reply" "telephone 3rd party message". That's a PITA when one is expected to document every minute of the day - As a consequence there's big gaps on my workflow stats, which show I've done about 10 calls in a 7.5 hour day. I may be being paranoid, but I'm willing to bet this will come back and bite me on the arse.

TWO: Megamoose's insurance renewal came through this morning. Best part of £550, having paid a smidge under £500 last year (Hastings) Mr Meerkat reckons he can insure me, through AXA for £385, with all the same details, barring a slightly increases excess (£350 v £250). That's a big difference, and Hastings have happily informed me, they're going to automatically renew, as "We're confident you'll be happy with our quote". 

Am I bollocks.

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Lock down in Spain means no shops other than supermarkets, pharmacies, news-stands and hairdressers allowed to open. The only way of purchasing things for DIY, car repairs etc is via Amazon. Now they are closing that door too.

https://www.politico.eu/article/amazon-suspends-delivery-of-non-essential-goods-in-coronavirus-response/

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Boss mails us at 6.30pm telling us we need to have all our sales plans redrafted by 9am tomorrow to reflect how client meetings will fall owing to Corona stuff.  

Made it quite clear that as we are working from home activity levels will be closely monitored and there are no excuses for failing to be busy.  In fact as we won’t have to commute our hours will now be 8am to 7pm and he will be calling on video to check we are at our workstations in the mornings and evenings.

What an absolute fucking prick.

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Does he pay you to commute? Sounds fucking dire.  

I expect everyone wfh will mean the servers are overloaded and there will be times you just can't log on right?

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3 hours ago, Parky said:

Boss mails us at 6.30pm telling us we need to have all our sales plans redrafted by 9am tomorrow to reflect how client meetings will fall owing to Corona stuff.  

Made it quite clear that as we are working from home activity levels will be closely monitored and there are no excuses for failing to be busy.  In fact as we won’t have to commute our hours will now be 8am to 7pm and he will be calling on video to check we are at our workstations in the mornings and evenings.

What an absolute fucking prick.

Do you have set hours? I’m fairly sure what he’s said about working longer due to no commute is illegal, although someone like @chaseracer would know more. 

He does sound like a right prick.

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My boss has decided to close and lock up our huge and sparsely manned (womanned?) office tomorrow for no adequately explored reason. We are based out of town near a town in the middle of nowhere. He seems hellbent on turning down work at the moment too which we're covertly taking on. 

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My wife had an appointment for a surgery assessment cancelled today because of OMGVirus stuff.
The specialist she was going to see is still doing surgery privately, if I have £18K sitting around but the NHS say" FuckOff Virus people first for everything" as of today.

 

 

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15 hours ago, MikeR said:

My others halfs way to start a argument ..

The shop is on a main road between 2 towns .....

And ....

No idea what that means. Have you got roll? 

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I've just reactivated my facebook account as I need to send a message to someone whose phone number I've got doesn't appear to be working.

Scanning through the posts, I see one from the sister of an old Halifax workmate, saying he'd "passed after a short illness".

He was a year younger than me, had two teenage kids, and was the definition of a top lad; always had time for other people, actively encouraged banter, especially at his own expense. 

What a bummer.

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