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Old 7th June 2024, 18:31   #1
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Default Meds.

How many of us are existing on regular prescriptions and collect them from pharmacies? It's free folks, a very short trip to Tesco etc to collect your meds.

Except now, just as Royal Mail is up for grabs, your Postie has secured a deal to deliver the meds through your letter box. So, fancy a job opportunity on a huge estate with a bagful of drugs? Some Posties have to push a barrowful of mail around every day. What a target.

Oh, and your renewal doesn't come on time. That's considered progress.
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Old 7th June 2024, 18:42   #2
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I wouldn't trust meds to come through the post, least if you collect them or have the pharmacy deliver you're not gambling on them arriving.
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Old 7th June 2024, 20:18   #3
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The pharmacy at the doctors offered to deliver them so I took them up on their offer. The guy that delivers is always smart and drives a BMW X5 so the pay must be good. He looks too posh to just be a delivery driver

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The guy that delivers is always smart and drives a BMW X5 so the pay must be good.
If its his own vehicle I hope he had business use on his insurance.

Pharmacies here all have a "company" vehicle, usually a small van with the pharmacy name on it.
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Old 8th June 2024, 07:37   #5
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We both have ours delivered monthly through Pharmacy2U for years & I can't complain, It's always been delivered on time & always the correct meds. They used to come in letterbox friendly packages but like most other parcels/boxes these days the postie has to take a picture of it being delivered.
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Our local pharmacy used to always be full, with a smaller queue for those "waiting for their prescription to be made up". Nowadays there's rarely anyone in the shop! Probably because there is litlle chance of getting to see a doctor and the locals don't trust a pharmacist to do the doctor's job! The place is run down, looks like it hasn't been cleaned in months and reminds me of a third world country!
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Old 8th June 2024, 08:35   #7
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I'm attempting to reverse my type 2 diabetes as the latest pills l've been put on are on the DVLA radar & in not too many years l'll be having to renew my licence yearly. It just took them four months to renew my HGV entitlement because of the risk of hypo's (very low blood sugar), something l've never had before but have now had the symptoms of a couple of times since starting those particular pills.
Both my wife & myself are on a carbohydrate free diet so no bread, potatoes, rice or pasta & l'm noticing the results in my daily blood sugar tests are quite promising. Of course any products containing processed sugar are out too, we are trying to be very good. I weighed myself yesterday too, a smidgeon under 12 stone which was quite satisfying.

While DVLA have your licence you can still actually drive the lorries on a Section 88 but it's surprising how many transport staff haven't heard of that so it can still cause issues.
Actually my tachograph card went up the pictures last week so until my licence finally got to me yesterday l was driving without licence or tacho card. DVLA say that should be back with me in a few days too.
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Old 9th June 2024, 15:05   #8
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Surgery traumas.

We were with the same surgery for 20 years. They missed a due date on my scripts, result two/three day wait for meds. When I asked why (politely, in the surgery) I was told, very brusquely, I was in the wrong catchment area anyway, and must register with another surgery.

Some six weeks after having registered at the new surgery, I asked for an appointment with a doctor concerning my symptoms. I was given a form with a questionaire attached on which I had to write my symptoms, all in the well filled waiting room. I was told by a receptionist that they would phone me later. It is now another 6 weeks further with no return call.

I will from now on raid the piggy bank for private consultations which will probably result in a referral to an NHS hospital anyway. The cost of that will be well worth the forced queue jumping. Which is, naturally, exactly what ‘they’ want us to do anyway.

Incidentally, it is particularly unsettling as my mother two of my sisters all worked for many years for the NHS.
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Old 9th June 2024, 16:27   #9
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Surgery traumas.

We were with the same surgery for 20 years. They missed a due date on my scripts, result two/three day wait for meds. When I asked why (politely, in the surgery) I was told, very brusquely, I was in the wrong catchment area anyway, and must register with another surgery.

Some six weeks after having registered at the new surgery, I asked for an appointment with a doctor concerning my symptoms. I was given a form with a questionaire attached on which I had to write my symptoms, all in the well filled waiting room. I was told by a receptionist that they would phone me later. It is now another 6 weeks further with no return call.

I will from now on raid the piggy bank for private consultations which will probably result in a referral to an NHS hospital anyway. The cost of that will be well worth the forced queue jumping. Which is, naturally, exactly what ‘they’ want us to do anyway.

Incidentally, it is particularly unsettling as my mother two of my sisters all worked for many years for the NHS.
Why have you waited 6 weeks for a call back?
Come day 2 or 3 I'd be on the phone to the surgery

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Old 9th June 2024, 19:41   #10
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Surgery traumas ... I was told, very brusquely, I was in the wrong catchment area anyway, and must register with another surgery.
I encountered the GP post-code lottery a few years ago. I was blissfully unaware of it until the local Primary Care Trust closed my local practice due to insufficient patients. It sent a long list of all of the practices in the area and said ring one and register with it. Yeah, right. I gave up after trying about half a dozen as the response I got from all was very similar if not the same. What are you ringing us for, said the first after asking for and me giving my post code. You are not in our catchment area, barked she. Catchment area, thought I to myself???

Some didn't ask anything, they just refused point-blank claiming full to capacity and no vacancies. I advised the PCT of the situation and it said, keep on trying and that it could in theory impose me upon a practice but it advised that it is not a good thing for it to have to do that. Apparently there could be repercussions with the said and reluctant practice for me ... as in not wanted and treated as such.

I kid you not, I went without a GP for a number of years as a result with the expectation of having to go to A&E if an urgent need arose. The situation later resolved purely by chance when I heard through the grapevine that my old practice had reopened. All of the old GP's had either retired or moved on so I registered with one of the very young looking newbies whom I gather was now fronting the practice together with his wife who is also a GP. I'm grateful to them but as a result of my experience I don't have the same trust, confidence and empathy for the NHS.
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