Went to the chemist today to order my usual prescription.
Are you over 80 I was asked. not yet I replied. ok you have to go down to your doctors surgery and order it from there now.
The surgery is over a mile away the local chemist about 400 yards away.
I said to the receptionist at the doctors, I know it is not your fault but what idiot thinks it is a good idea to have pensioners over the age of 70 years old have to go to the doctors in the middle of winter to get a prescription.
I said just when you think this surgery could not get any worse they do this.
Ok today was not to bad. But think what it would be like if it was snow or ice outside.
Is this just a northamptonshire thing or is all over the UK.
In Ayr, I order on-line, or over the phone, and specify the chemist that I wish to pick it up from. If I accidentally forget to order, my chemist checks my records and gives me a box of whatever it is, deducting that box from the next prescription
Looking in to this it seems fairly general and appears to have been introduced Summer last year, so it's a bit surprising it's taken this long to affect you. It seems to be an attempt to keep your GPs records on what medication you're taking up to date, communication between pharmacies and GP surgeries seems less than it should be. It looks as if some GPs have lost track of what medication a person is taking while the pharmacies just automatically renew without any clinical review procedure.
Here's a quote from one authority explaining why :
Why is this happening?
To improve patient safety - Sometimes when medications are ordered on your behalf you might continue to receive medication that you no longer need. Only ordering medication when you need it, can help prevent the build-up of unused medicine at home, which has to be stored safely and used within date.
To reduce waste and save money - It is important that NHS money is used as efficiently as possible. It is estimated that over-ordering, stockpiling and not using medication, costs the local NHS around £2.5 million per year. This is money that could be better used to benefit the health of more people in Liverpool.
Having ordered via the GP surgery it looks as if the prescription can still be delivered to your pharmacy of choice and if the Surgery has an online prescription service it may not be necessary for you to physically go there at all.
Belatucadrus. Thanks for the information.
I basically get the same medicine every month. But I usually get a copy of the prescription and just tick the boxes that are required. But I can see why mistakes can be made.
We may not have to physically go there at all. Still have to go to the doctors though.
Is your Surgery not signed up for "Patient Access", ours has been for several years?
It has wee eddie. Tried it a few times and had to give up.I could not get it to work properly.
May try it again though. Cheers.
I order repeats on line and the surgery sends the request electronically to my nominated chemist. Three days later I collect it.
Every twelve months I have to present myself at the surgery with an appointmnet to review my prescription needs.
Works like a charm.
Getting that appointment, however, is a completely different issue.................
I basically do the same as Pine Man. It works most of the time but occasionally some items seem to need "reviewing by a Doctor or Nurse"so then I have to go in and explain it to the receptionist. I have my repeats on a 2 month cycle so don't need to do it so often.
Based on what has been said the Postal companies advertising to manage your prescriptions seem to contradict this. I heard the ladies in the surgery the other week discussing this and saying that some of the older patients seem to be thinking that this is compulsory. Obviously its NOT and many local Pharmacies will deliver your Prescriptions anyway if you request it.
The system was upgraded a few months back. New system link so worth trying again. If you can't get in, you'll need to get your surgery to refresh your details.
The whole system went pear shaped for a couple of days while the system was being changed over, but since then, it's been perfect. Great for making appointments without being interrogated by a "health professional".
My doctors surgery is a disaster.
It used to be run by a husband and wife team (doctor and nurse) and ran like clockwork.
They retired and a business doctor took it over - who owns a number of surgery's and care homes and staffs it with part timers and locums. You're lucky to see the same doctor twice. You never see the doctor that owns it and yet he's the designated doctor for over 70's (or whatever).
Prescriptions are a joke and for the first time in my life, I sent a formal letter of complaint about the inability of the surgery to properly write a repeat prescription.
When the former doctor and his wife ran it, you rarely had to wait more than a day to be seen and now it can be around two weeks.
The government may be poring money in, but I've no idea where it's going.
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