Prescription For Frustration

15 Jul

Remember the good old days, when a fat expensive ink pen splurged over crisp white paper, that was ripped from the pad with a confident flourish. You clutched said note to the Pharmacy, holding hope and relief as the concoction was dispensed and off you tootled with the miracles of modern science in your tender hands – the whole process taking a mere few, almost imperceptible, minutes *sigh* oh the nostalgia.

But progress brings change, advancement brings efficiency and new methods need learning. I am at the end of day two of getting a prescription sent, filled and delivered and as I type, the system does not have the drugs to my door.

My Rehab Consultant is pretty gung-ho on MD-ers taking Vitamin D, whereas my various other Consultants are non-plus about supplements, during a video conference the subject was broached but no firm action decided upon as I tend to take an over the counter one anyway (when I remember ….. which reminds me …. be right back) . Anywho, Hospital sent request for high dose VitD capsules to GP, sometime passed before I received a copy of the hospital report which had detailed under action that a prescription request sent. I had heard nothing, not surprised, my GP surgery hovers between ‘in need of improvement’ and special measures with the CQC.

I have not had a prescription for anything in around, fifteen years, but have heard many a saga from many a person about the trials and hassles of getting their drugs. Taking the bull by it’s wot nots yesterday I called my surgery and they tapped their keyboards, scratched their heads, did the do, asked questions to which my answers perplexed them further, and sent the prescription electronically within moments to the Pharmacy of my choice (in the room next door to Doctor’s reception, they could literally have shouted it across).

Today I call the Pharmacy to see how I, as a house bound crip who has to pay for and then get it delivered, get my hands on this chemical sunshine ………guess what…….. it’s gone missing in the system. (I stifle urge to say “Computer says no”).

I called the surgery and asked the question, which was met with another round of perplexed replies which eventually settled on resending the request and ‘hopefully’ the Pharmacy will call me back shortly. “Hopefully”, hmm, my cynical self thinks that is going the way of common sense and logic, I also foresee getting two scripts for the same thing and both being filled and charged for.

So here I sit ….. waiting ….. wondering whether to call the Pharmacy or wait for them to call. With my mind conjuring visions of electronic prescriptions pinging and ricochetting like ball bearings in a pinball machine around the clouds, which are looking ominously heavy as I stare out the window.

Progress ….. tis a wonderful thing.


Posted by on July 15, 2020 in Life, people


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6 responses to “Prescription For Frustration

  1. Fiona

    July 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Having as you know just moved house I rang my new surgery to find out what to do to get my repeat meds sorted. The doc rang me back within half an hour, duly signed said script. The pharmacist from our village collected it from him and I picked it up today. He’ll automatically re-order for me each month. Helpful here in Wales I don’t even need to pay for it…. was amazed how easy and quick it was. Hope you get yours sorted soon m’love.

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    • AnneMarie

      July 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      BFF in Scotland has her free prescriptions set up and sorted and very very rarely an issue.

      I think a broken medical system, and an overstretched ineffective GP practice, plus miscommunication between umbrella agencies etc equal a complete feckin balls up!

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  2. menhir1

    July 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I buy high strength Vit D3 from choice. Covid 19 has brought it to the forefront of likely need to boost our deprived northern hemisphere systems, in all groups of people, some more than others. There is a view that it is extra beneficial in these Covid times.

    What is it with your rural self-referencing GP practice, what you describe is beyond incompetence. I am surprised you are required to pay for your prescriptions. I know in Englandshire scripts are paid for, but, I thought, perhaps wrongly, that there are exemptions, which would include you. Xxxxxx

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    • AnneMarie

      July 15, 2020 at 7:40 pm

      There are indeed exemptions, but as I do not receive a mean-based benefit I do not qualify for help with health costs. Sadly over the past twenty/twenty five years the service standard of both GP’s and Hospitals has plummeted dramatically.

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  3. deacongill

    July 16, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I’m stunned to learn that you pay for your prescriptions. What on earth is going on? You should be top of their list of people who are in particular need during this ruddy unlock-down. Hope you get your vits very soon – and if they come double, so much the better – less time to waste next time you have to ask!

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    • AnneMarie

      July 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks to working like a good girl, I receive a pension when I had to retire on medical grounds, thanks to fiscal sensibility and parental inheritance I have savings, thus I am not eligible for means tested ones. The irony, when I worked I received a tax credit which entitled me to free prescriptions…. you sometimes couldn’t make this stuff up.

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