These adverts on display at a GP surgery are bizarre yet compelling

You’ll want to get a flu jab after seeing some of these.

(Helen Zaltzman/PA)
(Helen Zaltzman/PA)

Waiting in a doctor’s surgery is not usually a highlight of anyone’s day.

But for one woman, her 50-minute wait for an appointment turned into something of a lesson in advertising as she was subjected to a rotating screen of medical-awareness messages.

Podcaster Helen Zaltzman shared the images in a series of tweets which have been liked and shared more than 9,000 times.

It’s not hard to see the comedy value when a message about fridges accompanies a couple on a sun-drenched white beach.

The message reads: “Avoid food poisoning by using your fridge correctly”.

While you’ve barely had a chance to work out the link between fridges and beaches, another PSA pops up.

One ad simply says “flu jabs” five times and in different sizes – although the message did sink in about what was actually on offer.

(Helen Zaltzman/PA)

In a follow-up tweet, Zaltzman said she hadn’t had a jab yet, explaining: “This was a SNEAK PREVIEW of flu jab season, which premieres late September (for the over-65s, children and cancer patients).”

It’s a phrase that can easily get stuck in one’s head…

…and bring out people’s creative side.

The pictures prompted other people to share similar experiences.

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Here’s that video in all its glory:

If that’s on a loop with the sound playing, you’ve got to worry about the reception staff.

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