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Offline sedge

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The daftest thing ......
« on: 26 October 2015, 04:39:13 PM »
Well - if it CAN go wrong, then obviously if Sedge is involved - it WILL !

In loads of time, early last week I said to the pharmacist - order me a repeat of ALL my tablets, and some strips as well please.  Yes he said, trogged back to his puter, did it and called back to me that he had.  As I was going there anyway today (having physically run out of several of them this morning) I collected them whilst there.

Later I unpacked them and put them away.  Oh bother! I take 6mg of Doxazosin for BP, so have both 4mg and 2mg tablets, since they don't make a 6mg one.  But only the 4mg were there, plus everything else I needed.  My own fault - I should have given him a list.  Go online to order some, get the list of my repeat scrips up - the 2mg aren't there!

Oh well - so I rang reception, got one of the sensible ones and have ordered an urgent scrip which hopefully should be done tomorrow morning.

How the heck can this happen!  Batty.  Of course my insulin has dropped off too, but I have to have my A1c done before they'll renew that! - then I'll have to have it done again at the end of November for my hospital D clinic appointment on 9th December !

I have asked them before to get their acts together, but of course that's impossible .......
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline Pattidevans

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #1 on: 26 October 2015, 04:52:06 PM »
I can sympathise with you.  I have to cut one of my thyroid pills in half as they don't make a smaller pill - it's a PITA.

Also my strips have disappeared off my repeat... I now have a battle every month to get em.  Not that I am denied them... just have to keep asking.

I was called for an Hba1c from nursie at the GPs a month after I'd had the one for the clinic.  I got in touch with her and said "this isn't really very sensible.  How about moving it to Oct so I get them evenly spaced out at 6 month intervals"  She agreed it was silly and sent me a reminder for Oct.
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #2 on: 26 October 2015, 08:24:15 PM »
the battle gets even more fun when prescriptions get changed and / or added to -- i have 5 different tablets i take every day and varying amount of them in stock meaning when i am about to run out of 1 I may have 3 weeks of another and 2 of another or 5 weeks of this one etc etc -- it would be nice if they could do parts scripts to level them all out with one another
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6) 04/18 46 (6.4)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #3 on: 26 October 2015, 10:03:44 PM »
The pharmacy tell me that when one of my medications drops off the repeat the GP is supposed to review ALL the medicines and put them all set back at 5 (or however many) repeats allowed till they need to be reviewed again. And i get 2 months of supplies at one time apparently. If this is actually being done then why does at least one thing drop off every month! (Ordering every month as they say only get a prescription every two months but half the things arent enough for two months)

About to order a prescription now. All these things are supposed to be / used to be on my repeat prescription:
test strips - yes but only 50 (for 2 months?!)
needles - nope. 
sharps box - nope.
metformin - nope.
ketosticks - nope.
apidra - yep and enough for 2 months!
tresiba - yep and enough for 2 months!
lancets - nope (who needs them anyway though)
Beta Blocker - yep and enough for 2 months!
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #4 on: 26 October 2015, 10:35:10 PM »
I decided a while ago Paul - I now order ALL my tablets every 28 days when I only have a week left of the first one that runs out.  One of them - I have 3 weeks left!  Insulin and strips I still do 'as & when'.
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #5 on: 27 October 2015, 01:15:12 AM »
Well - if it CAN go wrong, then obviously if Sedge is involved - it WILL !

In loads of time, early last week I said to the pharmacist - order me a repeat of ALL my tablets, and some strips as well please.  Yes he said, trogged back to his puter, did it and called back to me that he had.  As I was going there anyway today (having physically run out of several of them this morning) I collected them whilst there.

Later I unpacked them and put them away.  Oh bother! I take 6mg of Doxazosin for BP, so have both 4mg and 2mg tablets, since they don't make a 6mg one.  But only the 4mg were there, plus everything else I needed.  My own fault - I should have given him a list.  Go online to order some, get the list of my repeat scrips up - the 2mg aren't there!

Oh well - so I rang reception, got one of the sensible ones and have ordered an urgent scrip which hopefully should be done tomorrow morning.

How the heck can this happen!  Batty.  Of course my insulin has dropped off too, but I have to have my A1c done before they'll renew that! - then I'll have to have it done again at the end of November for my hospital D clinic appointment on 9th December !

I have asked them before to get their acts together, but of course that's impossible .......

Do they actually refuse to prescribe you insulin till you've had an A1c? Do they think you might have cured your T1? The NHS never ceases to amaze me  :o
Type 2 dx Nov 2012 FBG 14%/129.5
HbA1c Jan 2013 79/9.3%
April 2013 50/6.7%
July 2013 39/5.7%
Oct 2013 39/5.7% Chol 5.9
July 2014 45/6.3% Chol 5.5
Aug 2015 61/7.7% Chol 5.9
May 2016 84/9.7% Chol 6.9
Oct 2016 53/7%  Chol 6.3
Dec 2016 41/5.9% Chol 6.0
June 2017 51/6.8% Chol 6.1
Oct 2017 52/6.9%
Jan 2018 51/6.8% Chol 5.9
Sept 2018 47/6.4% Chol 4.8
Metformin SR 2g, Doxazosin 4mg, Lansoprazole 30mg, Fexofenadine 180mg Co-Codamol 30/500g  Amitriptyline 20mg
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #6 on: 27 October 2015, 08:04:41 AM »
that's another thing that totally amazes me too-- you would think it(GP's) would cut down on bureaucracy and paperwork if they gave out more supplies at once for people with lifelong chronic illnesses ,  instead of 4 weeks at a time
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6) 04/18 46 (6.4)
cholesterol --nov 2011 4.3 june 2012 4.4 June 2013 4.1 Feb 2014 4.1 dec 14 4.5 oct 15 4.4
Dafne grad. necrobiosis lipoidica on legs
laser treatment on both eyes 2002 and 2012, injections left eye 3 , wearing Noctura mask since oct 2014

Offline sedge

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #7 on: 27 October 2015, 06:04:02 PM »
Curiouser and curiouser ....

Apparently, about three weeks ago when I had my asthma check my BP was very low.  It was, it was hilarious - ridiculous, like 90 over 47 or something.  She did it again, it still was low, but higher.  I did it when I came home, and yes it was like 117 over 57 or something - but it isn't normally that low.

So anyway - doc decided to take the 2mg off because of that ONE BP reading; and put a note on the scrip to say what she'd done and tell the pharmacist to tell me to have my BP done in 4 weeks.  But of course scrips are electronic - so there was no way that note was going to reach me unless the pharmacist told me - and he didn't!

I am going to complain actually.

I don't think it's acceptable passing messages about MY medication via third parties, thank you.  Their premises are indeed within the surgery building but they are an independent company - not employed by the surgery or the NHS.   Because I never bothered picking the scrip up till after the weekend - and it was just one of the little girlies on the counter who served me - how was the pharmacist sposed to remember to tell me - when I really don't think it was his job in the first place to tell me!

I am going to ask what system the pharmacy have, to do this .......
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline Lucy

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #8 on: 27 October 2015, 08:14:01 PM »
So anyway - doc decided to take the 2mg off because of that ONE BP reading; and put a note on the scrip to say what she'd done and tell the pharmacist to tell me to have my BP done in 4 weeks.  But of course scrips are electronic - so there was no way that note was going to reach me unless the pharmacist told me - and he didn't!

Don't you sign the back of the prescription? The pharmacist should hand you the script to check and sign. You should see the note then, it's where the notes about changing test strips were for me.
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #9 on: 27 October 2015, 08:40:56 PM »
Lucy, that certainly doesn't happen here!

Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #10 on: 27 October 2015, 10:23:45 PM »
who signs the prescriptions then? You have to tick the medical exemption box and at the bottom there is a box for patient signature,
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« Reply #11 on: 27 October 2015, 10:31:29 PM »
No, haven't had to sign anything since I was 60 and got free prescriptions on those grounds, or even before that when they knew I actually had the medical exemption cert.  The Pharmacist mostly manages my prescriptions on my behalf.  Mind you, I have used the same pharmacy for at least 25 years and we are all on first name terms.
Patti


Type 1.  Mis-diagnosed T2 May 2003, finally had CPeptide test 15/7/11 and proper diagnosis 1/9/11.  Now pumping Apidra with Roche Spirit Combo pump. Hba1c 6.1 Sept 2017.  45 (6.3) April 2018.


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Offline sedge

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #12 on: 27 October 2015, 11:04:39 PM »
No - just asked to confirm my address.  It's only the physical ones (you see a GP, he hands you a scrip, etc)  If they did those electronically - they'd take longer actually, to get from the GP system to the pharmacy one, whilst you stand there and wait, they clock that you are waiting and do it..
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline binky21

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #13 on: 29 October 2015, 03:12:21 AM »
I have to say Sedge - my evil pharmacist is a law unto himself. 

You may have seen that I get served up whatever needles they have at the time well last weeks adventure was - "  Your doctor has requested accupril ex amount  + 2 repeats but most doctors don't do that.  they always say accupril ex amount 90 days supply, so we are only giving you one month supply, no repeats and you'll need to take it up with your doctor"..  I was tempted to make a comment on the fact that this was likely to make me need more BP tabs rather than less but what was the point ....  After 6 years with the same pharmacy on the same med, you'd think that they could work out that yes, I have the same amount each and every month and that the Dr really did mean either 90 days or 3 x 30 days (Do I look like I care which it is????)

But not to worry I will just harass overworked Dr for another script then drive down there then drive down to the Pharmacy and wait ....  between 10 minutes and 3 hours - you  never can tell....

Trouble is healthcare is so expensive these days, bureaucracy demands savings which lead to patient inconvenience (and even risk) and probably inconvenience all round and potentially even extra cost but less direct costs so no one does anything about it.  Probably pat themselves on the back for having reduced spending ...

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #14 on: 29 October 2015, 09:32:21 AM »
I have two or three weeks spare medication so am never near to running out.  The reason for this is that I had to ask for them early because I was going to France. I was given the medication and then found that the next renewal dates were calculated from this earlier date.   :D

It makes a difference too as in the past I have gone to the chemist three days after my repeat prescription was put in and often the chemist was waiting for part of the prescription to come in or it still wasn't made up.  The chemist is a 10 mile round trip from where I live so having to go there twice is a bit inconvenient.  At least I can order them online.  We have actually changed our chemist now as we were having so much trouble getting our prescriptions and it is working out well.  Because I am never near to running out, I can leave them at the chemists until I have to go into town and can then pick them up on the way.   
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