Repeat prescription

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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doelanidoelani Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
I have habit of forgetting too order tablets to last minute and as some are for 28days, 30days, 56days, 100 days and 112 days can be a pain in the backside.

Some pharmacies do a service that they will organise reordering your repeat prescription for you and when I was in today picking mine up they had a leaflet to say they also offer a service to acually put them into pill sorter for you as well. I know my mum used to gett his done years ago but never realised it was a service widely overed. I thought hers was just because she was an OAP.

Wtihout my painkiller which I take only when needed I take 10 tablets a day so this will help me as I HATE sorting them and if someone else will do it for me will help. Due to pains in my hands I have trouble getting pills out of the blister packets and they end up on floor.
TOTAL 44 weeks lose. 6st 9.5lb :T
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  • LameWolfLameWolf Forumite
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    Sorting tablets is a right pain in the posterior, isn't it? I have to do mine (10 in the morning and 6 at night) and my husband's (just 3 in the morning), as well as checking we both have enough "in stock".

    One thing I have noticed as well, - we collect our prescriptions from the surgery and then take them to the pharmacy, as the pharmacy we use (with lovely friendly pharmacists) doesn't have an arrangement with our surgery IYSWIM.
    Anyway, several times, the Doctor has omitted to sign the form, so I have to remember to check before leaving the surgery, and twice lately, they have omitted one of the meds I ordered completely, and I had to wait while that was sorted out.:eek: :eek:

    Anyone else had this rigmarole to go through?
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  • mcspannamcspanna Forumite
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    Hi All,

    I've certainly had the one of having to check up on the Dr's (and taking multiple pills!). With regards to prescriptions that are NOT medicines such as dressings, catheters and assorted healthcare equipment etc I recently discovered an excellent service from Charter Healthcare which is a sort of online/telephone chemist. They sort out the prescription at the GP's end so all you have to do is contact them and place an order, the supplies are then delivered to your home by a very reliable courier service within a couple of days...I'm not sure quite how I coped before but would highly recommend them as a labour/hassle with GP saving service for those who need regular scripts for supplies. It's a shame that they don't do tablets or other medicines but very handy for those of us who need to regularly cart bulky boxes home from the chemist! I just gave them a call and they did the rest...

    All the best,

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  • doelanidoelani Forumite
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    Yes our doctors has a habit as well of missing something off the prescription and then having to pick it up, take to chemist, wait on it and then sort them when I get home lol Hopeing this new service makes it easier
    TOTAL 44 weeks lose. 6st 9.5lb :T
  • http://www.medicineblisterpacks.co.uk/ has been metioned on the freebie forum as they put your pills into morning noon and night sections for you.

    If your prescriptions come at different times, I would drop a polite note into the doctor explaining the problem and asking them to make your repeats for the same length of time where possible (unless you pay for prescriptions and you end up paying more).

    I find getting to the docs to drop off the request the limiting factor, Whilst you can't normally order repeat over the phone, I have found if you request a telephone consultation my GP will do it, alternatively my GP now has internet ordering, brilliant. then you can get the chemist to pick them up and drop them off.

    Another thought would be to use the tart alert to remind you when to order your next batch!
  • doelanidoelani Forumite
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    nanokitten wrote: »

    I find getting to the docs to drop off the request the limiting factor, Whilst you can't normally order repeat over the phone,!


    our doctor will take orders over the phone and I only realised lately that not all doctors do this. I have a friend who has to go to her doctors to order a repeat, she has Fibromyalgia as well and finds it hard at times to get out.
    TOTAL 44 weeks lose. 6st 9.5lb :T
  • doelanidoelani Forumite
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    nanokitten wrote: »
    http://www.medicineblisterpacks.co.uk/ has been metioned on the freebie forum as they put your pills into morning noon and night sections for you.

    that looks a great idea
    TOTAL 44 weeks lose. 6st 9.5lb :T
  • wow, that medicine blister packs seems too good to be true, has anyone tried this before? can they include controlled drugs?

    thanks
    Ok, ok, i need to go back onto Weightwatchers, lost 7 stone..... 2 back on, this has to change.....Help!!!:eek:
  • doelanidoelani Forumite
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    jodie114 wrote: »
    wow, that medicine blister packs seems too good to be true, has anyone tried this before? can they include controlled drugs?

    thanks


    just been shoing a friend the link and she used to work in home nursing and said some of her patients used these, they look great.
    TOTAL 44 weeks lose. 6st 9.5lb :T
  • BigglesBiggles Forumite
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    I got fed up with ordering each one as they ran low, too, but, with our practice, the thing all the drugs have in common is that they prescribe four weeks supply at a time (I think that's fairly common now).

    So I put them all on a spreadsheet (though you could just as easily do this with a pen & paper) and every third weekend I sit down and see if we have enough of each item to last another four weeks. If not, I order another repeat (online, which makes it even easier). No chance of running out of anything, and I only have to check every three weeks.
  • AmesAmes Forumite
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    I have a nightmare ordering mine. Because I'm a suicide risk I only get a week's worth at a time. But that means getting out to the doctors twice a week (once to drop off the request as they don't do it over the phone and once to collect it), and as there's no parking I have to walk which I REALLY struggle with. Or I can use the pharmacy who'll go and order it and collect it, but that means getting to the pharmacy (again not always possible every week) and using the phone, which I have a problem with (mental health problem). Added to that three times in the last few months my prescription request has been lost! But we seem to have cracked it now, last time they gave me four prescriptions dated a week apart each, so assuming they do that in future I'll only have the rigmarole every four weeks, much easier.
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