Egg timers issued in Cornwall in the battle against COVID

DOCTOR’S surgeries in Cornwall issue egg timers to keep an eye on people who had received the Covid vaccine

The idea came from primary care staff at the Three Harbours and Bosvena Health primary care network (PCN) in east Cornwall, one of the first three PCNs to start vaccinating people aged 80 and over.

Part of providing the vaccine included inviting people to wait 15 minutes for observations once they had received the first dose.

However, with such a huge large amount of persons being vaccinated, the team used the simple egg timing device to keep track of the time.

GP Dale Staff, one of the clinical directors at Three Harbours and Bosvena Health, said:

“Dr. Mike Waldron from Fowey came up with the idea of using the timers and then operations manager Lisa Berryman bought them online.

“The timers are cleaned before they are passed to the patient for use.

“It has been quite a talking point with the patients who have come in for their booked Covid-19 vaccine and we’ve even had requests by people to take them home as souvenirs.”GP Dale added: “Over the course of the three days we vaccinated hundreds of people and I would like to pay tribute to the team’s incredible efforts to get the clinics up and running so smoothly. I would also like to thank the people who attended for the Covid-19 vaccination, their good humour, support, and gratitude for what we are doing has been uplifting and kept morale high.”

Mike Worthing, 85 years old recently vaccinated said: ” At my age, I have trouble tracking 5 minutes let alone 15, it was and is an egg cellent idea” he giggled.


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