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To think it shouldnt take that long to get the pill..

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Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 11:59:25

Got just over a weeks worth left, I get told ring up when you have a weeks worth left and you will be seen in time before you run out.

So I ring up yesterday as I know what they are like, no answer at all just the waiting line message that if it is not an emergency please hang up and call back later. Get though today to be told no appointment she can give me for nearly 2weeks and I am to ring back every day at 8:45am and 2:30pm to see if they can get me an appointment. Not that she has booked me an appointment for say 2weeks time just in case I cannot get one before so I could spend the whole of this week ringing up twice a day to get nothing to them be told another 2weeks??

I have to go every 3 months which takes the mick anyway without not being able to get an appointment when in nearly out and on holiday next month.

Guess I can see why so many young teens are pregnant in my area/at that doctors surgery, and before anyone says walk in center is only for the morning after pill, I believe our gum? clinic shut down so the only option is the doctors.

squeakytoy Tue 23-Apr-13 12:01:22

"Guess I can see why so many young teens are pregnant in my area"

I believe condoms are widely available at all times of day and night.. and help prevent a lot more than just unwanted pregnancy.

KobayashiMaru Tue 23-Apr-13 12:05:46

just ask them to leave you out a prescription, or go further out to find a family planning clinic. Take responsibility for yourself, ffs.

Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 12:06:33

That's true, but surely having good access to things like the pill from the doctors also helps and acts as double protection should a condom split.

NotYoMomma Tue 23-Apr-13 12:07:34

Ringing on the day you want an appointment is not unusual.

Get to the clinic or get a condom


Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 12:08:02


Doctors wont give a prescription for the pill without seeing you, I don't drive which is why I am registered at my local doctors, Gum clinic shut down, so apart from changing doctors there is not anything else I can do.

NotYoMomma Tue 23-Apr-13 12:08:31

There is the MAP

And the pill isn't 100% anyway. Just ring when they told you

You could always shock not have PIV

Kt8791 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:09:15

I think they can write u a prescription for 1 months supply that u can just pick up? Don't they give u 6 months at a time?

Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 12:10:35

Ok so I am BU...

I just thought the whole easy access to contraception is flawed when you cannot get an appointment, I rang up for an appointment today to be told nothing for 2weeks yet to still ring up everyday..

NotYaMomma why should I have to change what contraception I use purely because the doctor is over booked/unwilling to do a repeat prescription ?

Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 12:11:15

Kt8791 normally but the new doctor only seems to give out 3months worth at a time

whois Tue 23-Apr-13 12:11:46

It is v easy to get the pill. Google your neares sexual health drop in clinc and go there, be prepared to wait a bit. Simples.

Mabelface Tue 23-Apr-13 12:13:23

I'd be pissed off too and agree that access shouldn't be difficult. I would also count taking the pill and trying to get a new prescription as taking responsibility for yourself. As for suggesting the MAP as a regular form of contraception, that's just ridiculous.

Fillyjonk75 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:17:05

I agree, I don't think it's as easy as it should be to get free contraception. YANBU if the surgery says allow a week for an appointment and it takes at least two. They should manage expectations the other way round.

When I was 17 and living in Greater Manchester (hardly the back of beyond) my "local" FP clinic was two bus rides away. I was too embarassed to see a family doctor who knew me. I would hope sexual health services have improved now but I bet there are many areas who don't have great access to such services.

Fillyjonk75 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:18:30

Also I only had to go for a pill check once a year when I was on it, after the initial year or so. The rest of the time I'd get a repeat prescription for 6 months worth.

SpottyTeacakes Tue 23-Apr-13 12:18:41

I don't understand why you have to see the doctor? Round here you get a repeat prescription that you hand in at the doctors (little post box) and two days later your pill is ready to collect at the chemist confused same with all regular medication.

Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 12:21:08

I don't understand it, I asked before and was told its because they have to regularly check blood pressure/weight etc Nurse cannot do it for some reason.

My old doctors was every 6months and the nurse would do the checks and just run though to get the doctors to sign but again no repeats without being seen first.

Dahlen Tue 23-Apr-13 12:22:36

YANBU OP. Easy access to contraception is a human right in this country. It's not a case of having to use additional contraception for the outstanding days you don't have any pills - it will be a further 7 days on top of that. Not to mention what if you were allergic to condoms.

Ok, you could abstain from sex, but why should you have to when you have a right to free, accessible contraception?

This is why contraception should be given out by dedicated staff or separate clinics, rather than through already stretched GP surgeries. Or, alternatively, rolling appointments should be set up automatically for women who need their prescriptions renewed.

SpottyTeacakes Tue 23-Apr-13 12:22:44

What a pita. That would completely put me off using the pill. Yearly check ups here.

samandi Tue 23-Apr-13 12:38:51

YANBU. Some medical practices have very annoying appointment booking procedures, making it difficult to get appointments. Some posters don't seem to be aware that these can differ quite widely between practices, as do procedures when it comes to issuing repeat prescriptions for the pill.

fedupofnamechanging Tue 23-Apr-13 13:22:46

YANBU. you shouldn't have to stop taking the pill every 3 months because your doctor can't give you an appt for 2 weeks.

I would phone up and make an emergency appt without telling the receptionist the purpose of the appt. Then just ask the doctor for a repeat prescription.

Alternatively, I would change surgeries. This is not practical, long term.

strangertides Tue 23-Apr-13 13:28:49

YANBU, that system would drive me nuts. I found it annoying enough to have to go back every six months for a repeat script, so I switched to an implant. Won't you consider taking something more longer term like the Mirena or implant, it's also much more reliable as there's no risk you'd forget to take it or of it interfering with medication.

hellsbellsmelons Tue 23-Apr-13 13:35:35

My doctors was always OK - could easily get a repeat prescription.
I have the implant now - great and lasts 3 years!!!!
Highly recommended and no periods - result!

specialsubject Tue 23-Apr-13 13:45:18

your doctor's surgery are administrative fools. Mine does an online repeat prescription service and when I needed a check, I see a nurse. I've also just persuaded them to prescribe 6 months at a time, there's no need for adult women to have to get a prescription every 12 weeks.

you shouldn't have to change contraception just because they can't do the monkey admin work. That's ridiculous.

change doctors or complain. Or both.

MrsBeep Tue 23-Apr-13 13:52:37

Have you tried asking the receptionist to get the doctor to issue a repeat as long as you book an appointment for two weeks time? Explaining the situation to her and saying that your pills will run out in a week. If they won't do that then I would ask to speak with the practice manager.

Chattymummyhere Tue 23-Apr-13 13:53:23

Strabgertides I had the depo and it was horrible, whilst on that I decided I wanted something I could control so that if it does not agree with me I am not left stuck agreeing with a doctor about removing it like many a thread I have seen.

Will look into changing doctors although I have heard they are all just as bad around here, shame the pharmacy cannot prescribe be so much bloody easier.

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