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Scouts do their best to help GPs deliver swine flu vaccination letters

By Laura Montini

GPs in Bristol have turned to an unusual source of help as they struggle to get swine flu jab appointment letters out to patients during the postal strike - the local scout group.

256 boy and girl scouts from Hengrove, Bristol have hand-delivered over 2,500 letters to patients at the Whitchurch Health Centre who are in the first priority groups due to be vaccinated.

Practice manager Steve Davies told Pulse the effort has been highly successful in reaching the ‘at risk' population, and patients have responded and made appointments.

The scouts have been busy with the project for the past two weekends, and will continue delivering letters until they return to school next week at the end of half term.

‘They were absolutely marvellous,' said Mr Davies. 'They're helping the community, they're helping to save lives. They see this as a really important task, and it is.'

The scouts have already volunteered to deliver the second phase of letters in November if needed, he added.

Scouts have helped hand-deliver swine flu vaccination appointment letters to patients in Bristol Scouts have helped hand-deliver swine flu vaccination appointment letters to patients in Bristol

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