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alwaysared
27-08-2017, 22:12
I was just wondering how people traveling around who have to take long term medication get on with their prescriptions? Such as diabetics or heart patients etc.

Regards,
Del

Abiteachuck
27-08-2017, 23:22
I was just wondering how people traveling around who have to take long term medication get on with their prescriptions? Such as diabetics or heart patients etc.

Regards,
Del
I get my medication every 2 months if I need more as we are going on holiday it's not a problem

moonshadow
28-08-2017, 04:01
Just ask for a repeat a bit early every time and stash them. Doc can give you 3 months with no problem, mine was cooperative and gave me a bit longer

Pauljenny
28-08-2017, 09:42
Just ask for a repeat a bit early every time and stash them. Doc can give you 3 months with no problem, mine was cooperative and gave me a bit longer

Even better if you have a chemist who delivers.
Ask him to leave them with a neighbour,while you're away.
We reorder every 7th week. Some of the packs have 28 days,others 30.
You can balance it up on your return.
Jenny takes 9 months supply of insulin,to be safe. But misses it off the order until after Xmas, to ensure that the supplies are in date.

harrow
28-08-2017, 10:23
I was just wondering how people traveling around who have to take long term medication get on with their prescriptions? Such as diabetics or heart patients etc.

Regards,
Del
Yes I would try to build up an extra stock or ask if you GP will prescribe extra.

In Spain chemist will sell you blood pressure tablets if you show them what you are taking.

Insulin is a bit of a problem because it should be kept cool, but with some forward planning you should be able to find a solution.

The main thing is if you feel well enough to travel and you want to go away, then make the most of it.

:goodluck::goodluck::goodluck:

DnK
28-08-2017, 11:06
I was just wondering how people traveling around who have to take long term medication get on with their prescriptions? Such as diabetics or heart patients etc.

Regards,
Del

I registered with Patient Access at our practice which enables me to order prescription repeats on line, my daughter then collects the prescription and gets my meds from the chemists. I also asked my Doctor if he could give me my meds in 3 month batches which he agreed to on basis we would be doing a lot of travelling. I ordered a batch at 2 months and to my surprise they gave the prescription so now I do this all the time. Getting 3 months supply every 2 month soon gets you way in front so you have enough for any length of trip.

REC
28-08-2017, 14:19
I registered with Patient Access at our practice which enables me to order prescription repeats on line, my daughter then collects the prescription and gets my meds from the chemists. I also asked my Doctor if he could give me my meds in 3 month batches which he agreed to on basis we would be doing a lot of travelling. I ordered a batch at 2 months and to my surprise they gave the prescription so now I do this all the time. Getting 3 months supply every 2 month soon gets you way in front so you have enough for any length of trip.

Pretty much what we do, except that Dave has two month prescriptions that we request repeats of every 6wks. Soon get a stock. Mind you we did forget a (small) tube of eye drops once and could not get it in Portugal so had to get it posted...5.80 ...wont do that again in a hurry! Our doctor has done a one off prescription for three months but he was not happy to do more than two months regularly. Suppose it depends on needing checkups on some meds?

moonshadow
28-08-2017, 15:29
My doc gave me a one off for 3 months, I have been getting 3 months every 2 months ever since - they haven't noticed!

John Thompson
28-08-2017, 15:47
Our repeat prescriptions have a renewal date and they won't renew the prescription even one day before that. Its on an automatic system so no human interference until the prescription renewal is accepted. My old practice doctor would give me 6 months at a time in 2 x 3 months prescription which he personally saw that the chemist would issue. He retired. New doctor at old practice wouldn't have any of that and new practice is tighter still. NHS now have chemists visiting practices and overseeing all prescriptions and striking out ones they don't think are necessary or that they consider are over prescribed.

ian81
28-08-2017, 15:50
Outside the UK although it might cost you can buy some prescription medications from some pharmacies. Helps if you take an empty packet or even a printer prescription form.

vwalan
28-08-2017, 17:32
have a word with your doctor they might up scribe you to two tablets three times a day instead of one three times a day.
depends how you get on with your doctor.
but as sais its not difficult to get presciptions done abroad but you pay. have bought in spain portugal morocco gambia , tunisia just show prescription and container or packet . they may give you something with a foreign trade name / but many drugs are worldwide.

Clunegapyears
28-08-2017, 20:49
So ... if you take the packet prescription into an EU doctor ... will they give you a private prescription. I.e. Will they do it, if you are prepared to pay?

vwalan
28-08-2017, 20:58
So ... if you take the packet prescription into an EU doctor ... will they give you a private prescription. I.e. Will they do it, if you are prepared to pay?

just take it in to a chemists . they do charge but have never not got what i wanted .
you could visit a doctors but why waste your and their time .
usually i pay about what they charge in uk for prescriptions if you pay . but very often cheaper.
idealy you take a repeat prescription just to show you are on it regularly.

John Thompson
29-08-2017, 07:08
The only time I needed to see a doctor in Spain was in the Valencia region. I had a continuing ear infection that had been treated in the UK before I went out. I went to the Centre Salud (Most communities have one) and presented my EHIC card and within minutes I saw a doctor free of charge. This doctor spoke reasonable English and prescribed two items for me. I went to the chemist and I got the drugs and the prescription back. I needed more and just went back to the chemist with the prescription for a top up. Yes I had to pay but nothing like the prescription charge made in the UK per item. I was registered into the Valencia health system and given a card to show if I needed more attention. I did not have a residence and told them I was touring in my motorhome.

The drug the Spanish doctor prescribed was much stronger than the UK prescription and it cleared it up fast whereas I had had months of pain as the UK drug was weak and not zapping the infection just retarding it. I sometimes wonder if this is the cause of so many infections beating the drugs prescribed in the UK. Not had any recurrence of the ear infection in 3 years now whereas it as a yearly occurrence particularly if I got my ear wet.

Miksan
30-08-2017, 20:56
The only time I needed to see a doctor in Spain was in the Valencia region. I had a continuing ear infection that had been treated in the UK before I went out. I went to the Centre Salud (Most communities have one) and presented my EHIC card and within minutes I saw a doctor free of charge. This doctor spoke reasonable English and prescribed two items for me. I went to the chemist and I got the drugs and the prescription back. I needed more and just went back to the chemist with the prescription for a top up. Yes I had to pay but nothing like the prescription charge made in the UK per item. I was registered into the Valencia health system and given a card to show if I needed more attention. I did not have a residence and told them I was touring in my motorhome.

The drug the Spanish doctor prescribed was much stronger than the UK prescription and it cleared it up fast whereas I had had months of pain as the UK drug was weak and not zapping the infection just retarding it. I sometimes wonder if this is the cause of so many infections beating the drugs prescribed in the UK. Not had any recurrence of the ear infection in 3 years now whereas it as a yearly occurrence particularly if I got my ear wet.

I have the same problem with my ear, will have to try the Spanish equivalent when we travel to Spain this winter.

QFour
30-08-2017, 21:12
Got blood pressure tablets and prescription is for 3 months supply but I can re-order every month ..



From NHS Website

Patients travelling outside the UK

• If a person is going to be abroad for over 3 months then all they are entitled to at NHS expense is a sufficient supply of regular medications to get to the destination and find an alternative supply of that medication. Patients should check on arrangements for obtaining prescribed medicines in the country they intend to visit before leaving the UK

• The NHS’s duty of care regarding prescribing ends where a patient has been absent, or intends to be away from the United Kingdom for a period of more than three months(3). Under no circumstances should the patient be issued with more than 3 months’ supply on going abroad. Further information is available on the NHS Choices website. Patients should be advised they need to check the regulations on taking medicines out of the UK and into the country they intend to visit

QFour
30-08-2017, 21:20
I have the same problem with my ear, will have to try the Spanish equivalent when we travel to Spain this winter.

I had problems with my ear in Spain. Went to see the Doctor and was prescribed ear drops. I finished up loosing my balance. Specialist in Uk says I had a reaction to something in the ear drops and it effected my inner ear. One of the biggest problems is language. It's very difficult trying to have a conversation about your ear when you cannot understand what they are talking about. :scared:

Miksan
30-08-2017, 21:27
I had problems with my ear in Spain. Went to see the Doctor and was prescribed ear drops. I finished up loosing my balance. Specialist in Uk says I had a reaction to something in the ear drops and it effected my inner ear. One of the biggest problems is language. It's very difficult trying to have a conversation about your ear when you cannot understand what they are talking about. :scared:

Yo no tengo ese problema.

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