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“A prescription for trouble” !

Posted by Big John on March 19, 2013

And the Lord said unto Moses … “Keep taking the tablets” !

Well old Mo only had to get his prescription filled once on Mount Sinai, so repeat prescriptions were not a problem for him, which is more than can be said for anyone who is a patient at my local health centre.

Why ? … Well, a new system has been introduced, whereby repeat prescriptions for regular medications are sent to a pharmacist of your choice “electronically”: so instead of you taking your repeat request form to the health centre, collecting your signed prescription a couple of days later and getting it filled the same day by taking it to your local pharmacy (maybe you have to wait for ten minutes), you now have to leave the request at the pharmacy and return in two or three days when your pills and potions should be waiting for you.

Sounds like a good idea ? … Wrong ! … Last week I tried it for the first time. It was Tuesday when I left my request form at the pharmacy. .. “Should be ready by Thursday” .. said the young lady behind the counter.

I did not return to collect my ‘meds’ until today. One week later ! .. and guess what ? .. After much searching of the shelves and storage boxes, there was no sign of them.

It took several phone calls to the health centre and much use of a computer by the pharmacist and his staff, before a printer ‘dispensed’ my repeat prescription.

Now I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who’s prescription has ‘disappeared into the ether’, and I can only imagine all the hassle this new system is causing at the medical centre … and why ?

Well, once again some ‘clever dick’ has ignored the old adage   …

… “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” !

2 Responses to ““A prescription for trouble” !”

  1. Wow, is this what we have to look forward to with our new health plan. You are right about that old adage. Perhaps it is advanced age, but changes and particularly those with no good reason make me a crabby old lady.

  2. Grannymar said

    I order all my repeat prescriptions on line, and have done for a few years now. The request goes to our group practice and is available in the pharmacy two working days later. The pharmacy has a delivery service four days a week, so my meds are delivered by a very nice guy, right to my door.

    Only once was there an error and that was a human one, the wrong meds were put in my bag – good job I checked as they could have caused me BIG problems. Always check and stick with the same pharmacy.

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