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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #15 on: 29 October 2015, 10:15:24 AM »
Most of the chemists round here offer a home delivery service.  I've never used it because for many years my hubby worked 3 doors away from the chemist and would pop in on his way home from work.  Now he's retired it still isn't too inconvenient as it's only a 15 minute walk. 


When I got them to do managed prescriptions it became a nightmare though as all my pills have different prescription timings.  At one point I had amassed a year's worth of Thyroid meds!


I think it's worth mentioning though that the majority of us are talking about the UK NHS system, which may differ from that of other countries.
Patti


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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #16 on: 29 October 2015, 11:53:30 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 ...

Could you change chemists? The pharmacist in mine is lovely & so helpful. I much prefer talking to her than any of the GP's.  ;)
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #17 on: 29 October 2015, 12:48:03 PM »
My comment about us talking about the NHS and other members talking about the system in their country was really prompted by Binky's comments because she is in New Zealand and their system there may be radically different to ours.  However, it seems to me that the "fault" if there is one lies with the GP rather than the chemist.  At least in the UK the pharmacist can only dispense what the Doctor has prescribed.  Maybe the Doctor did not specify a particular length of needle, in which case the pharmacist is free to dispense what they have in stock.  It also bears investigation as to what the Doctor actually prescribed in the way of repeats and taking it up at that level rather than with the pharmacy who are probably only doing what they were told.

For all we know, and Binky can tell us what the system is, she may have to use a designated pharmacy.  I know this is the case sometimes in the US where the person's insurance can dictate which pharmacy to use.
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #18 on: 29 October 2015, 01:40:41 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


That's exactly what I *can* do Paul - my repeat prescription thingy is a tick-list. So I only select the items I need each time. Am I confused? Do you have to re-order everything off your list every time?
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #19 on: 29 October 2015, 01:50:26 PM »
Well you hardly ever order insulin at the same time as anything else, do you? - cos they can't restrict you to 'exactly 28 days worth', can they!  It isn't humanly possible.

So anyway when you order whatever, you say 'A repeat of ....' whatever it is.

Jenny

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #20 on: 29 October 2015, 02:04:21 PM »
I sympathize, Paul! Though our repeat system doesn't work quite the same way. But I have one tablet I have to renew every 21 days, another that renews every 30 days, strips which I need (when I'm testing normally) every 25 days, pen needles every 33 days or so, Novorapid carts maybe every 6 weeks and Levemir carts every 8 weeks! Obviously some of those things are never going to work out precisely - strips and insulin for example get used at varying frequencies depending on the day so you can't know exactly what day you're going to need more.

But it would be nice if I could get all my prescriptions refilled in amounts equal to (roughly) a given length of time, so I only had to go to the pharmacy once every month or two, instead of every week or sometimes several times in the same week!
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #21 on: 29 October 2015, 02:29:34 PM »
I sympathize, Paul! Though our repeat system doesn't work quite the same way. But I have one tablet I have to renew every 21 days, another that renews every 30 days, strips which I need (when I'm testing normally) every 25 days, pen needles every 33 days or so, Novorapid carts maybe every 6 weeks and Levemir carts every 8 weeks! Obviously some of those things are never going to work out precisely - strips and insulin for example get used at varying frequencies depending on the day so you can't know exactly what day you're going to need more.

But it would be nice if I could get all my prescriptions refilled in amounts equal to (roughly) a given length of time, so I only had to go to the pharmacy once every month or two, instead of every week or sometimes several times in the same week!
that is the part i find the most frustrating - it is not as though we won't be requiring meds any time soon and I too get a bit irritated making multiple visits every month.
if we could get a 3 month supply would help a bit
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #22 on: 29 October 2015, 02:54:04 PM »
I get annoyed when I want to refill a prescription "too early" and the insurance company won't let me! Last time I tried to renew my Synthroid I thought I had maybe a week left (turns out it was closer to 10 days), and I was renewing some other things at the same time so I gave it a try. Pharmacist says no, our system shows you should still have quite a few left, so your insurance company will never approve it. Come on, I've been with them for nearly 10 years, they can see I'm not going to stop needing any of these any time soon, and if I was selling things on they'd know by now, wouldn't they?? I guess you don't get credit/earn trust for being a good customer! :P
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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #23 on: 01 November 2015, 08:13:17 PM »
My own script experience:

I've been ordering repeats online for the past 6 months with no problems.
I order items from my repeat list and submit my needs. Later I receive a notification email from my surgery to confirm my script request has been received.
When my request is approved the script is electronically sent to my local pharmacy and is usually delivered to my door 3 days later (not counting weekends) If for some reason I'm not home to receive delivery a card is pushed through my letterbox asking me to phone to rearrange a delivery slot (usually the day after)

BTW, When ordering my last script I added a note in the 'Comments Field' asking for a batch of ketostix to be included (those are not included on my repeat list) the request was duly approved and delivered with my usual items.

I love this setup as it saves me a whole lot of time (and effort!) it is so convenient and saves me trudging down to my surgery and back up to the pharmacy, especially bad through pouring rain!

As to script items, I order my BP meds and test strips every 28 days (approx) and they always arrive. I don't always need my Lantus & Novorapid together since I tend to acquire a stock of Lantus, in that case I just order my fast acting until I have a surplus. in other words I order insulin and also needles on a 'need to have' basis. I've never had any problems at all in getting my scripts filled as and when needed. I must add that I do have a good solid relationship with my GP of many years and hopefully that will continue until I snuff it, or my doc retires  :rolleyes:

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Re: The daftest thing ......
« Reply #24 on: 01 November 2015, 11:32:15 PM »
That's more or less how it USED to work for me, Tony!
Jenny

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