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Any pharmacists around?

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roloisking Sun 22-Oct-17 10:32:53

How does DF (83) go about getting a review of his medication? He is taking a huge variety of tablets for various conditions including recently diagnosed Parkinson’s. He did ask his local pharmacist who suggested going back to his doctor.

DF says he sees a different doctor every time and that they don’t have time in the appointment. He is currently in a great deal of pain (back condition), is feeling very nauseous and has lost several kilos in weight - he was very thin to begin with; however, he does still go the gym 3 times a week and does not want to change his lifetime routine.

His next GP appointment is in November- it would be useful if his combination of medication could be looked at before then.

knottybeams Sun 22-Oct-17 10:35:31

Book a double appointment with GP. If there is a GP registrar in the practice then book with them as appointment longer and will be able to check anything tricky with own GP too.

Randomactofkindness Sun 22-Oct-17 10:58:32

Pharmacists can do a Medicines Use Review - any concerns or side effects can be highlighted and the information sent to the GP. Your father can then discuss this in his consultation. The pharmacist can’t change medication but can suggest alternatives. Hope that helps smile

roloisking Sun 22-Oct-17 11:03:54

Thank you random . Do all pharmacists offer this or is it a specialist service?

Randomactofkindness Sun 22-Oct-17 11:25:45

If you’re in England (not sure about Wales it NI but not in Scotland) then all pharmacies should offer the service. But even if you’re in one of the other countries then I’m sure if your father spoke to the pharmacist they could find a quiet time to speak to him. I certainly would if he was my patient and regularly speak to customers in my consultation room about many matters not just medicine reviews.

Floellabumbags Sun 22-Oct-17 11:37:55

He needs to make an appointment specifically for a medication review. If he says that to the receptionist when booking they can make sure that he gets enough time. It's in both the patient's and the doctor's best interests to do this.

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