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AIBU in not accepting this perscription

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suchafuss Thu 19-Jan-17 17:38:06

I have a long term medical condition managed by a hosiptal consultant. Yesterday my Doctors receptionist rang me to say that my GP had prescribed me asprin yet was unable to tell me why. I said that I was not prepared to take anything without being informed as to the reasons why it had been prescribed and asked her to get the GP to ring me to discuss.
I rang back today and spoke to another receptionist who said 'your presription needs collecting as the doctor prescribed it for you' with no other explanation.
Called into chemist this afternoon to pick up other meds and they tried to give me the asprin which I refused to accept explaining the reasons why.
AIBU in thinking that when it comes to a long term condition that I have had for over 40 years a GP should be working in partnership with me rather than just issuing instructions that I should take it?

Idefix Thu 19-Jan-17 17:44:15

Why don't you request a GP call back or make an appt? I wouldn't take something that I did not have a rationale for but the receptionists and pharmacist won't know that, they are just doing their jobs.

suchafuss Thu 19-Jan-17 17:45:53

I did request the GP and this seems to have been ignored

ShowMePotatoSalad Thu 19-Jan-17 17:47:30

Sorry for personal question but do you get free prescriptions? If not, I would also be questioning why they are prescribing something you can buy over the counter for a fraction of the price.

frenchfancy Thu 19-Jan-17 17:49:07

Yanbu I would not take any medicine without discussion.

Lunde Thu 19-Jan-17 17:58:39

YANBU to make an appointment with the doctor and check the reason for the prescription however YABU to expect the receptionist or pharmacist to know why it is on your prescription list.

Do you have or are you at risk of any of the conditions for which aspirin is routinely prescribed? (strokes, heart/angina)

However you should call and make an appointment or perhaps a telephone appointment to discuss it with the GP

neverundersold Thu 19-Jan-17 19:03:48

Maybe it was suggested by your consultant and the GP thinks you are aware. However, regardless of this any new medication prescribed to you should be explained to the patient and you are quite right to refuse to start this medication until the reasons it has been prescribed for you are explained. Unfortunately GP's are under such time pressure these days that messages to patients are increasingly relayed by non clinical staff who are not qualified to offer advice. Ask to speak to the GP again and contact the Practice Manager if you are unsuccessful.

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