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Ryoko Tue 04-Oct-11 23:53:31

I keep getting letters sent to me by the NHS moaning about my son not having his MMR and if he has please call this none free number and tell us when and where he had it.

I am not phoning them up at my expense to tell them, I don't care first of all the GP knows he's had it and more importantly I was not aware that it was mandatory?. The letters are worded in a such a way that it sounds like it is. plus I have ample experience of how rubbish NHS records are so have no desire to waste my time and money phoning them only to get another letter a few weeks later.

Am I being unreasonable to say a big stuff you to them and let them send as many letters as they like? (I'll just chuck em all in the recycling).

Trills Tue 04-Oct-11 23:54:57

The NHS is not spamming you, it is trying its best to ensure the health of your child and all the other children and adults in the country.

Ryoko Wed 05-Oct-11 00:01:42

one letter would be enough for "ensuring health" it's spamming.

backwardpossom Wed 05-Oct-11 00:05:10

YABU to whinge about it when a simple phone call would sort it out.

Trills Wed 05-Oct-11 00:05:53

Not according to the OED it's not. They are not sending the message indiscriminately and they are probably not sending it to a large number of people (discounting the "internet" part of the definition). There is a good reason why they are sending this message to people for whom they do not have a vaccination record. You may be on that list erroneously but that doesn't make the sending of the message a less valid act.

Northernlurker Wed 05-Oct-11 00:06:41

Oh go ahead and ignore them. Why should you respond to a simple query and thus get yourself removed from the list of 'things needing following up'? Good gracious - how impudent of the NATIONAL Health Service (charged with th health of the NATION ie you and your children) to ask a simple question to which you have an answer. Good for you for not saying anything - that'll teach 'em.

Ryoko Wed 05-Oct-11 00:08:49

Yes a simple phone call they could make to the GP, providing they actually have the number correctly on the records at the moment.

backwardpossom Wed 05-Oct-11 00:11:58

Get over yourself, make the 2 second phonecall, hang up, never receive one of these letters again. Job done.

Good grief. I hope you never have anything important to actually worry about.

piprabbit Wed 05-Oct-11 00:12:28

Give them a call.
They might stop sending you the letters - which would be good for you.
It might save them a bit of money too - which would be good for them and the rest of us.

sneakybeak Wed 05-Oct-11 00:13:43

YABU - you know you are. Just make a 20 second call and get his records updated.

Why wouldn't you? You've benefited from free ante-natal, and peri-natal care, you have a lifelong access to NHS services free at the point of need, Just call them and don't be so selfish.

Northernlurker Wed 05-Oct-11 00:14:18

Oh get over yourself. You are getting a letter asking if your child has had a jab. What is so hard about ringing up to say 'yes'?

Ryoko Wed 05-Oct-11 00:18:36

Nah can't be arsed, why waste the money when they messed up my sons red book, phoned my mother instead of me about something, mixed me up with my sister, got my GP's address and phone number wrong 3 times.

There records are not worth shit, so I don't care they can stop wasting paper and give up.

PureBloodMuggle Wed 05-Oct-11 00:21:19

Am I missing something? Does calling the NHS cost £10 a second?

How very dare they enquire about your child's welfare, who do they think they are? A health service or something?

Stop being a prat and call them

Either that or move to a country where you pay for everything relating to your child's health and then that phone call might not seem so expensive.

ShutUppaYourFace Wed 05-Oct-11 00:22:24

Ryoko you're arsed enough to start a thread on it but not enough to make a 20 second phonecall biscuit

splashymcsplash Wed 05-Oct-11 00:30:21

op you sound familiar. Was it you who didn't wash your baby for a month? If that is the case I do hope things are better now.

As for the nhs letter, YABU its not spam!

sunnydelight Wed 05-Oct-11 01:03:23

All rights, no responsibilities. Nice.

Northernlurker Wed 05-Oct-11 08:04:31

Maybe if you bothered to update your records there would be less problems?

Sirzy Wed 05-Oct-11 08:23:44

Heaven forbid you help someone keep records up to date. With millions of people it's hardly a shock things go wrong occasionally.
A quick call could sort it - where is the issue?

pyjamasinbananas Wed 05-Oct-11 08:29:40

Didn't wash a baby for a month? Oh dear god did you even lick it clean once or twice?

BatsUpMeNightie Wed 05-Oct-11 08:58:03

It's a bit early for a half arsed attempt at deliberate provocation isn't it? Go get some coffee or something OP and have a word with yourself about why you feel the need to be such a complete tit.

HTH

Wormshuffler Wed 05-Oct-11 09:12:51

Jeremy Kyle will be on in a bit ...

NightLark Wed 05-Oct-11 09:16:41

This is like listening to my 5 year old explain why he won't do something. Grow up. "They started it" is not a useful stance.

splashymcsplash Wed 05-Oct-11 09:19:58

Pyjamas she said she didn't wash the baby because she couldn't afford heating because she had just bought a new x box... definitely something weird going on.. or trying too hard to wind us up but it did seem rather real.

TattyDevine Wed 05-Oct-11 09:22:45

I'm kinda with the OP on this one, sort of. Whilst I wouldn't be outraged at them NHS doing this as they have the health of the nation in mind etc etc, if it was worded in a way that sounded bossy or like it was compulsory or like I was a naughty schoolgirl for not taking my child for MMR when it was in fact my right not to do so (mine have been done BTW) then that would rile my "inner rebellious teenager" (!) enough for me to chuck it in the recycling and say "oh do fuck off then". Childish, but that's how my brain operates grin

Re NHS "spamming", whilst it may not technically be spam, I have had automated phonecalls for the past 3 days in a row, right at dinnertime (!) from the NHS reminder service reminding me about my daughter's appointment next week. It rings you, you press 1 to confirm you are the parent/guardian, you enter the date of birth of the child to ensure confidentiality, it tells you that you have an appointment and asks you to press 1 to confirm that you will attend. So you press 1, it says thank you and goodbye so presumably is a sort of reminder/confirmation service.

But despite doing it "right" and following the instructions until it says goodbye and hangs up on me, it has rung me 3 nights in a row grin

So on that basis the OP might not bother ringing the number! grin I bet I get another call tonight... hmm

pyjamasinbananas Wed 05-Oct-11 09:27:57

Oh, are you supposed to put the heating on to bath a baby?! I never do!
Sounds like a wind up tbh and I've seen much better ones than this!!

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