Following on from my first post " frustration with NHS " I was possibly going to be left high and dry without any of my new medication ( Leflunomide ) because my GP would not prescribe any more as he had not received a letter of authority from the hospital. I rang the Specialist nurse on Christmas eve but could only leave a message explaining the situation. I decided this morning that I was not prepared to just wait for someone to reply and so rang the Specialist nurse this morning to see if any action had been taken only to be greeted by a message saying that no one will be available for the rest of the week! The message did give me another number to ring ( one of the consultant's secretary ) but yet again I could only leave a message and asked if they could deal with it urgently this time. To give the secretary her due she did reply within an hour to say that the letter had been written and she would fax it to my GP straight away.
Not trusting anyone from the medical side these days to keep their word I went to my surgery to make sure the fax was there. Fortunately it was but among a whole load of other paperwork to be dealt with so again had to point out that I needed these tablets by the 5th Jan and we have New Year and the weekend in between. The receptionist said she would get a doctor to authorise the prescription this afternoon. Fingers crossed!!
Again not trusting anyone I went to see the Pharmacist as a back up and he was surprised that the GP would not give me the meds as they could have authorised it just by seeing the label on the packaging that the tablets came in from the hospital. That made me even more annoyed. Why did the GP not ask for this? The Pharmacist was great and said he would make sure he had the tablets in stock ready for when the prescription comes through.
Thank goodness I have chased after this myself as who knows if this would have been resolved in time if left to the people who should have done the job right in the first place.