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Hundreds flock for ’flu drugs

MORE than 750 people have used Solihull’s Anti-viral Collection Point, which opened last week to help the health services battle swine flu.

MORE than 750 people have used Solihull’s Anti-viral Collection Point, which opened last week to help the health services battle swine flu.

The ACP is stocked with Tamiflu, which can be collected by friends and relatives of people suffering with the virus. The service is designed to relieve GPs and other frontline services.

Dr Stephen Munday, from Solihull NHS Care Trust, said that the scheme had been very successful so far. Yesterday a second collection point opened in Chelmsley Wood.

“There’s a real sense of team spirit and I’d like to thank everybody who has pulled together and worked against the clock to set up an extremely well run service at both ACPs,” he said.

When the Solihull News visited the Central Library collection point on Monday morning, there was already a steady stream of people turning up. Visitors were asked to wipe their hands with a germ-killing gel and escorted off to collect the Tamiflu (having received a special code from the pandemic hotline).

Maggie Throup, prospective Conservative MP for Solihull, had previously questioned why the borough only had a couple of collection points, but the authorities said they will constantly be reviewing the situation.

“Ensuring that the service is accessible and convenient is our utmost priority and the council and care trust are monitoring demand. Further ACPs may be set up if and when required,” said a care trust spokesman.

Thousands of people have been affected by swine flu across the West Midlands. Although it is a mild illness in most cases, there have been six confirmed deaths in the region.

Anyone with swine flu symptoms should not visit the ACPs. Instead stay at home and ring 0800 1 513 100. Those diagnosed will be able to arrange for a healthy pal to pick up the Tamiflu for them.

 

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