Coronavirus Scotland: More than 30k NHS Lothian Covid vaccine appointments missed

Edinburgh Evening News report that the shock figures mean more than one in seven scheduled vaccine slots were missed in March alone.

The figures were revealed by the Local Democracy Reporting Service through a freedom of information request.

And it’s feared the true total of missed appointments could be far higher as the stats only account for the region’s mass vaccination centres and not for GPs.

NHS Lothian, which covers Edinburgh and surrounding areas, say unsuitable time slots, out of date address details or letters not being delivered all contribute to the missed jab slots.

But the health board also urged Scots to contact in advance if they cannot attend their allocated vaccine appointment.

The latest figures also confirmed NHS Lothian discarded more than 3,000 doses of the vaccine.

The health board had to chuck 1,618 vials because of a surplus at the end of a day, 1,382 were also unable to be used after being left out of refrigerators.

And 284 vaccines were binned when patients attended appointments but refused the jab.

Alex McMahon, executive director for nursing, midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals at NHS Lothian, said: “There are numerous reasons for patients missing appointments including not being able to attend the provided time slot or letters not being successfully delivered.

“This may be due to a person moving home and not informing their GP.

“We do have a process which allows us to attempt to contact those whose appointment letters are returned and where possible get these individuals booked in for their vaccine.

“We ask everyone who receives a letter to please attend the appointment you are offered.

“If you are unable to attend to please contact us in advance of your appointment.”

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