GP surgical procedures throughout the Forest say requests for inhalers from individuals who mistakenly imagine they may assist in the event that they get coronavirus is inflicting chaos within the repeat prescription system.
The 11 surgical procedures are working carefully collectively to arrange for Corvid-19 and say the repeat medicine request system is being ‘abused’ and have issued a robust name for it to cease
A spokesperson for the surgical procedures stated: “All surgical procedure employees have been working flat out to arrange for Covid-19 and to proceed delivering companies to sufferers.
“Surgical procedures have skilled abuse of the repeat medicine request system with sufferers persevering with to request their medicine early and ordering inhalers when they don’t want them.
“There isn’t any medical proof to recommend an inhaler will assist in the event you catch the coronavirus.
“If in case you have not had an inhaler just lately then you’ll not get one to maintain ‘simply in case’.
“Inhalers are for individuals who have a correct analysis of bronchial asthma or COPD solely.
“On the finish of final week we additionally noticed a Fb hoax regarding issuing ‘rescue packs’ to these with respiratory illness – please don’t contact your surgical procedure about this.
“Early and over ordering of repeat medicine is our equal of the panic shopping for now we have seen – it’s inflicting chaos in our surgical procedures, local people pharmacies and lengthening the time it takes to course of and make up prescriptions.
“There will probably be loads of medicine to go round – we urge sufferers to test their surgical procedure web site for info of any modifications.
“For many who pay for his or her prescriptions, please think about buying a prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) – this might allow you to lower your expenses in case you have multiple prescribed drugs per 30 days.
“See www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppc for extra particulars and choices on buying a certificates for 3 or 12 months.
“This can even cut back the contact you have to with surgical procedure and local people pharmacy allotting employees and also you gained’t want to fret about cost in case your medicines are delivered to you because the scenario develops.”
Surgical procedures are working emergency phone consultations solely and sufferers will probably be invited in in the event that they should be seen.
The spokeswoman stated: “That is the agreed means ahead in Gloucestershire for managing demand throughout this extraordinary time, sufferers are reminded to be respectful of the employees they’re in touch with – employees are working inside the parameters agreed at this stage.
“Forest of Dean GPs proceed to work with Gloucestershire CCG to ascertain emergency options to employees shortages and/or non permanent surgical procedure closures.”
She stated these thought of “extraordinarily susceptible” would obtain a letter or textual content from the federal government about defending themselves however they need to not ring the surgical procedure about it.
These needing an isolation word for his or her employers can obtain them from www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note – they won’t be supplied by the surgical procedure.
Those that have signs of Corvid-19 or are self-isolating who flip up at surgical procedures will probably be requested to go away instantly.
The spokeswoman added: “Phone strains and surgical procedure employees are all extremely busy – please be versatile with us, we’re doing our perfect that will help you.
“The scenario is altering quickly – please all the time test your individual surgical procedure web site or Fb web page if they’ve one for the most recent info.
“We might additionally wish to thank these sufferers who’re supporting their native surgical procedure and to the Forest of Dean communities pulling collectively to assist the susceptible.”
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