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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 11,491
    edited 25 June
    Going along for my second jab last week (Pfizer), the receptionist noted that 12 people hadn't shown up for their appointments that morning. Missed appointments are a bugbear of mine. Other people could have used those valuable slots. Pfizer needs to be used the day of and there is so much unused locally at the end of a clinic day because of no shows. I believe the vaccine is then trashed.

    I agree that a £5 prescription charge for all meds or consultation booking would make people think more carefully.
  • B3B3 Posts: 19,370
    It at least a fine for not turning up without a valid reason
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • SkylarksSkylarks East MidlandsPosts: 379
    People not turning up for appointments, really annoys me too. I was quite shocked to find out at one COVID vaccine centre, the no show rate is 10%. They annoy me more than people who can’t be bothered to book an appointment and just turn up to see if they can chance it. 
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 11,491
    edited 25 June
    ... There's even a phone number given, on booking, to call if you have to cancel. How hard can it be?


  • SkylarksSkylarks East MidlandsPosts: 379
    They are just inconsiderate f🤬🤬kers! 
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Greater ManchesterPosts: 832
    edited 25 June
    debs64 said:
    I agree that prepayment is a good idea in principle but when people happily wait for an appointment and then queue in a pharmacy for “ free “ medicines that cost less than £1 or order medication month after month and then don’t take it because it’s not costing them anything then things should change. Every week in our pharmacy alone we fill a dustbin sized bin with unused returned  medication which is then incinerated. 
    Medication that is available in the supermarket is regularly prescribed and most people don’t pay for their prescriptions. So many are exempt. A small charge for each item would make people realise that these things cost money. 
    One reason why people get medications on prescription that are available OTC is pack sizes/restrictions.  If you are taking 8 paracetamol every day then you'd be going back to the supermarket every couple of days to top up! 

    I used to get sumatriptan on prescription, you can get it OTC but only in packs of 2, I was prescribed 12 at a time.

    People stockpiling unused medicines is definitely an issue that needs looking at, but I don't think its as simple as 'because they are free'.  When my grandad went into care we found years worth of untaken tablets, there were complex psychological reasons why.
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 1,290
    Different country again, here it's once a year if you are on repeat prescriptions, but they never seem to happen, the OH has had one in the last 7 years. Dr visits are free but you have to get through on the phone, open 8am to 1pm, and often so busy it just says call back later and cuts you off. Medication you have to pay for and full price up to a certain amount each year.
    With how late the Dr's always are I doubt to many people miss appointments, 45minutes late for my last one.
  • februarysgirlfebruarysgirl Posts: 363
    It's interesting to see how varied people's experiences are. I don't recall ever being asked to attend an appointment with my GP for a review of my medication. I see a neurologist once a year as well as an epilepsy specialist nurse, I can only assume the surgery counts those two appointments as reviews. The pharmacist asks for a review every now and then but that's about it.

    FlyDragon said:
    People stockpiling unused medicines is definitely an issue that needs looking at, but I don't think its as simple as 'because they are free'.  When my grandad went into care we found years worth of untaken tablets, there were complex psychological reasons why.
    I do have an extra month's supply of my meds but that's as a precaution originally because of Brexit. I had an appointment with my epilepsy specialist nurse shortly after the referendum and she had no idea what the situation regarding availability of drugs was going to be. She'd just been to an epilepsy convention and apparently there was a whole talk dedicated to how they had no clue what was going to happen or what they were going to do. They were still none the wiser at the end of it 😂 I asked if she could prescribe me some extra meds from the hospital pharmacy which she was happy to do. I know that some people have experienced problems getting their tablets and I didn't want to find myself in that position. Last year I did have difficulty getting my meds for a couple of days and even though I had a month's worth in hand, I still felt panicked.

    I do have a LOT of unused old meds but that's because switching to new ones is a process of gradually increasing the new tablets to a target dose and then reducing the old ones. Frequently you end up with with boxes of various different strengths of different medication. And of course if you're like me and have a habit of shoving everything under the bed, you don't find them again until years later when your bed frame breaks and you have to haul everything out from underneath it 😬
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