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MKSlinky
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Re: Repeat prescriptions


@nozzer wrote:

@MKSlinky

Co-proxamol is banned. Cocodomol isn't in the UK. 

 

Seems I did get it wrong after all. I just looked back through my previous medication request and I had accidentally asked for Co-Proxamol as you've mentioned above, hence why I had that call from the doctors receptionist. 

I just found the article I had previously read which clarifies your own comments. Doa'h I hate it when that happens! Angry

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4221829.stm


 

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Jonpe
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Re: Repeat prescriptions

I'm fortunate enough not to need much in the way of prescription medication but when I need a pharmacy, I find the small independent ones friendlier and more efficient than the big chains.  A few years ago I had an eye problem and was put on saline eye drops (Preservative Free Sodium Chloride 0.9%).  When I handed in the prescription at a branch of one of the country's largest chains, I was told the 'drug' had to be ordered.  When I called in three days later as requested, I was told that the manufacturers had run out of one of the ingredients!  I asked them to tell me if it was the salt or the water they had run out of, and I would be happy to supply some.  The branch manager told me it was the preservative (which my prescription specifically stated was not to be used, otherwise I could just have bought cheap over-the-counter contact lens saline).

I now usually use one of the small independents where I can hand in the prescription, and within minutes I have the item in my hand.

MKSlinky
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Re: Repeat prescriptions

@Jonpe

Contact lens saline is just as good, I do wear contacts myself and always prefer the preservative free option. If i ever get dry eyes when I take my lenses out I find a quick rinse with saline using an eye bath does just as good. A lot cheaper too! Wink

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

I've got a chemist that always tries to persuade me to let them order drugs on a schedule, but I insist on ordering via the online method via the Doctor. I would expect that they would do the same via phone - although I've never tried.

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MKSlinky
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Re: Repeat prescriptions

@VileReynard

I think that's common in quite a few locations which is probably why so many people who have repeat prescriptions have so much unused medication. It seems that convenience far out-ways costs. It's a mad system.

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

Being diabetic on three Metformin a day I need a repeat prescription every month. It works very well for me as I order online and get a delivery by van to the door. 

 

Bu I feel I am "gaming" the system to get what I want. I pity any punter who is not as savvy and computer literate. 

 

Firstly ignore the surgery staff, according to them I would have to collect myself from the local pharmacy in town. 

Secondly I logged on to a website associated with the NHS and our local surgery called https.systmonline.tpp-uk.com. This doesn't show up on any search engines and is not referred to the surgery website and is very clunky far harder to access than my bank. 

 

So having battled my way through there is a pharmacy on one of the local holiday developments which delivers to me no problems. 

 

But I'm devious and bloody minded so I doubt whether a local punter or old lady would get what they need Crazy

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

@PeterLoftus you should be able to get your regular repeats in two month prescriptions, talk to your GP or reception.

My biggest problem with prescriptions is that in our area medication (tablets etc.) that come through the normal high street pharmacy, and appliances (catheters, leg/night bags, saline, pads, application gels etc.) are (all now) ordered through the online surgery system (prior to the last six months or so some, but not all, appliances were ordered directly by us via a private company), but unfortunately the two don't it seems sing from the same hymn sheet. I have had situations a number of times where the local pharmacy is holding appliances for us and getting the same delivered by the private company. This leads to us having to hold stocks that can take up a lot of room.

Ironically, the private company still continues to call us once a month (as they have for some years) to ask if anything is required. they then repeat the appliance order to the surgery, who, won't process it until and order is made to them by us online.

This is all being done in the interests of efficiency, and I am told to cut down the amount of wastage of products for the NHS.

Interestingly, my wife's pads are ordered (online) directly to the manufacturer (tena) If an order is not made on time for the calculated amount required (this was assessed by the county NHS continence specialist) the order drops out of the system and has to be reassessed and restarted from scratch. Because this is a long winded process involving another visit from the fully booked continence specialist, it is obviously better not to miss an order. Because the usage is not strictly predictable, this leads to an over stock here. But Tena, won't allow a (months) pause or a temporary reduction in the order.

And then the NHS wonders why large packs of pads find their way into car-boot sales and market stalls for sale when they were supplied at no cost to the patient.

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

I email my requests to the surgery who then deal with it and forward it to the pharmacy of my choice (which they sometimes screw up and send to the wrong place lol). It makes it quick and easy like that. I rather like it like that. If I didn't have internet access though i'd be completely stuffed. I have mobile internet on the phone with a hotspot etc but if there was a national infrastructure breakdown or my phone packed up and the phone line was down i'd be screwed.

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

@MKSlinky  I'm not questioning the quality of contact lens saline (how difficult can it be to sterilise a bit of salty water?), but when the pharmacist (or perhaps she was a pharmacy assistant) at the eye hospital suggested it, I was unable to find a preservative-free version in any of the usual outlets, and if I had done, the cost may have exceeded the prescription charge.

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

We joined a local GP Health Centre two weeks ago. We were advised that all our records would be transferred over from our previous GP. We don't go to the doctor's much, just order the occassional online prescription about once every year or so. I saw the doctor the other day, first time I had actually seen a doctor for any reason for about 18 months. I had to explain what the repeat potions were for before he would agree to put them on the repeat prescription list. Nothing amiss in that you may say but I wondered that perhaps it showed a certain lack of trust for my previous doctor. I understand this is standard procedure when you change GP surgeries; the thought crossed my mind that if there is such distrust of other prcationers does this extend to hospital prescriptions and medical procedures or is it simply just making a point?

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When you change GP, your new GP obviously becomes responsible for your care.  Should you have reason to sue him in case of something going wrong, his defence can't simply be that he just continued your previous doctor's treatment.  Having one's treatment looked at by another practitioner, perhaps someone with more experience, someone who qualified more recently, or who has a special interest in your particular problem, can only be a good thing.

When you attend hospital and get a small supply of medication with repeats provided by your GP, he/she will only continue to prescribe these for a short time before 'reviewing' you.  I put reviewing in inverted commas because when I had an eye condition, I was told by the receptionist that I needed to be reviewed (their computer flags this up automatically), but my GP does not have a specialist qualification in ophthalmology, nor does he have the necessary equipment required to examine eyes thoroughly enough.  However, at least he could say that he had seen the patient before re-prescribing, and if his basic examination spotted any cause for concern he could refer me back to the specialist.

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

I've ordered our prescribed medication online for years.

Prescriptions are collected by pharmacy and we collect but may get them to deliver as we get older.

I specify the products I need for my stoma ( Cancer op 8 years ago) and phone in order to wholesaler/manufacturer who organises prescription and delivers direct to me.

 

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

Called at the Health Centre today with swmbo to collect a couple of forms containing the details we need to register on line.

Followed the instructions given and everything sorted in a few minutes but ....swmbo only got so far to get the message she was already registered, which was incorrect as she has never been on line to register.

Option available to identify Health Centre using their post code came up as not recognised even though a phone call to the health centre confirmed the post code as correct.

All very odd ?

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

Maybe we're lucky round here? You can order repeat prescriptions in person, online or by phone via either the surgery or the nearest pharmacy, which is about 100 yards from the surgery.

I believe their computer systems are linked so any request via the pharmacy is approved by the surgery, so takes up to 3 days to process.

For various reasons I find it more convenient to order via the pharmacy and collect. But they deliver to those that can't collect.

(I also believe they can do "standing order" type prescriptions but that is not appropriate for me.)

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Re: Repeat prescriptions

I have been using the online ordering of repeat prescriptions for myself and wife some time now. It seems to be generally OK for us. Our pharmacist will deliver within a few days which is a great boon living very rural Wales. I have had an occasional hiccup when items have been included in the "Contact your Surgery" section which are regulars and need updating if you ask the receptionist nicely. One thing our surgery insists upon is that they will not allow a phone call to get a fresh routine batch. I see, from earlier posts, that some surgeries will accept a  phone call which is a bit strange.