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To ask, PLEASE, if you take any medication

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drinthehouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:02:02

always have an up to date list of your medication on your phone (because I’ve yet to see a patient who doesn’t have a phone with them).
I work in A&E. I can’t guess what medication you take if you tell me it’s oblong and orange and begins with a b. There are thousands of medications out there. I may not have access to your previous hospital notes, and your GP will only email me your medication list....most likely in 2 days time.
If every patient could manage to bring a list of their medication including doses (just take a photo of your repeat prescription), that alone would save the NHS thousands of pounds a year in time spent by doctors trying to find out what the purple round pill beginning with r is.
Please tell your friends. Take a picture of your granny’s meds on her phone, have a copy on your phone, put this on fb. And update it when your meds change. Please. Thank you (it’s been a long day).

ivykaty44 Tue 26-Mar-19 18:04:06

If I’m unconscious in A&E it’s not going to be much good to as my phone will be locked. But the scarring should be a clue

Exploration2018 Tue 26-Mar-19 18:08:34

That's a really good idea. Why don't you post something on FB and ask for it to be shared. You never know it could go viral.

MyDobermanIsABeaut1 Tue 26-Mar-19 18:08:49

ivykaty44, iPhones have a medical id that can be accessed without having to unlock the phone. I'm not sure about other phones though but I would have thought (hope) they have something similar.

QuestionableMouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:10:24

I have a copy of mine in my purse, next to my driver's license.

drinthehouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:10:50

ivy there will always be exceptions. The scarring doesn’t help in guessing exact medications and doses. And if you use you fingerprint to unlock your phone being unconscious won’t be a problem.

GoGoGadgetGin Tue 26-Mar-19 18:11:33

ivy the op from my read is talking about people who are not unconscious or are advocating for others?

GoGoGadgetGin Tue 26-Mar-19 18:12:12

And yep! If you are unconscious your phone can still be unlocked!

BritInUS1 Tue 26-Mar-19 18:13:31

If you use the health app on an iPhone it can be accessed without you

ALongHardWinter Tue 26-Mar-19 18:14:35

I'm on blood thinning medication,along with several other meds for arthritis,fibromyalgia and hypertension. In the box that my blood thinning drugs come in,is a little card that I carry in my handbag,and it warns anyone in the event that I am involved in an accident/unconscious,I take this drug. On this card is space for me to fill in any other drugs that I take and in what dose. I don't keep a list on my phone. As the PP said,my phone would be locked,so wouldn't be much use to anyone trying to look at it!

Intohellbutstayingstrong Tue 26-Mar-19 18:15:13

If I’m unconscious in A&E it’s not going to be much good to as my phone will be locked. But the scarring should be a clue

Oh for goodness sake obviously the OP didn't mean people who were unconscious as you well know

sideorderofchips Tue 26-Mar-19 18:17:45

I have mine on my emergency screen on my iPhone

drinthehouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:17:55

I’m not saying it HAS to be on a phone (but this is the obvious place), the point I’m
making is just to make sure you always have a list of your medications and if you have an elderly relative their up to date medications in a place you can access when you are sitting in A&E.

Notmyideamovingon Tue 26-Mar-19 18:18:13

I have an up to date prescription list in the front pocket of my bag with his number and local hospital number and a note that scrolls on my lock screen that says look in my bag and ice phone number I've got inflammatory arthritis, so many meds I often forget one when listing blush I'm going by being super prepared nothing will ever happen ;)

Notmyideamovingon Tue 26-Mar-19 18:19:09

Nhs number

AskingQuestionsAllTheTime Tue 26-Mar-19 18:19:56

I carry the paper copy of my repeat prescriptions in my wallet along with the Anticoagulant Alert Card for the warfarin. My phone would be no use because it is a phone, not a pocket computer, and nobody would know where to look in it.

So if I am taken unconscious to A&E, the hospital will be able to find out all about me, home address, doctor and all.

(Oh, reminded: a dear friend of mine saying gently "Who's going to care that your bra is grey if you've just been hit by a bus?" to her daughter, who was fussing about WhatifIwasinanaccident? when one of her bras had got in the wrong wash.)

Notmyideamovingon Tue 26-Mar-19 18:21:02

I also bring a print out from gp online thingy to every specialist appointment as despite having prescribed them all they never seem to know which meds and dose in clinic

Sirzy Tue 26-Mar-19 18:23:56

I have a list of DS medications and doses in the notes section of my phone.

I also have another list of contact details for all his consultants

Toddlerteaplease Tue 26-Mar-19 18:25:00

I'm considering having "must have irradiated blood only " tattooed on my chest!

Redglitter Tue 26-Mar-19 18:26:26

Cant the hospital access that though? When I was in hospital recently they supplied all my meds without asking me

SgtFredColon Tue 26-Mar-19 18:28:28

Thank you OP. if I were conscious I would know what I am on but I have set up my medical ID on iPhone now with all meds listed and emergency contact etc.

purplealiensdontwearhats Tue 26-Mar-19 18:30:19

Slightly off topic, but what really gets me is people who haven't taken their meds for two weeks/two months/whatever because they've 'run out' (for that read cba to get any more) but when they get to me it's absolutely urgent and critical they have them NOW.
(I'm a custody officer)

ChocOrCheese Tue 26-Mar-19 18:30:46

"Oh, reminded: a dear friend of mine saying gently "Who's going to care that your bra is grey if you've just been hit by a bus?" to her daughter, who was fussing about WhatifIwasinanaccident? when one of her bras had got in the wrong wash."

That's a relief. I always thought they just let you die if you were wearing old underwear.

drinthehouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:32:00

redglitter NO! That’s why I’m posting. If you have only ever been to one hospital in your entire life, and they have a paperless system you might be lucky. Don’t ever assume a hospital/dr can access your medical information. And they certainly can’t access your GPs information (ok, a tiny amount of info can sometimes be accessed via the nhs spine, on a sunny day, when there are unicorns flying over Westminster) or any other info from a hospital not in the same trust.

drinthehouse Tue 26-Mar-19 18:33:09

sgtFred, thank you 😊

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