I am cross at the way GPs don't treat people fairly so posting partly to alert any of you who don't know what you are entitled to and partly to rant!
My GP has argued for years that there is nothing wrong with me other than my diet because I'm vegan. Having finally obtained a referral to a fine endo I was told I was at coma level - that's a disgrace, but anyway that aside what annoys me now is the way the surgery tries so often not to prescribe but to make me pay myself. The endo advised that I need vitamin D (I have osteopoenia). GP prescribed calcium and D, but it contains gelatin so I asked for a vegan vitamin D mentioning one available from Vitashine - all in writing as I've learnt this makes it harder for the GPs to fob us off.
The reply suggests that I buy it for myself "I cannot prescribe (Vitashine) on the NHS. The NHS guidance suggests it can be bought from their website. There doesn't appear to be a vegan vitamin D tablet available through the NHS, a drop might be something we can source if you are unable to purchase the Vitashine".
It seems unfair that we tired people have to go through this writing back and forth and delay when the drops could have been prescribed straight away. It really annoys me that there is the implication that the essential D could only be prescribed if I were unable to purchase it myself. I have enough knowledge, luckily, to find my way through these 'obstacles', but what of those who don't know their rights or are just too ill or exhausted to argue?