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Collecting prescriptions

Discussion in 'Diabetes Medication and Drugs' started by TashT1, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. TashT1

    TashT1 · Member

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    Apologies if this has been covered in an earlier thread but I couldn’t find anything when I searched.

    Is it considered to be safe for us to collect prescriptions from the pharmacy? I’ve been before I was diagnosed, wore a mask & socially distanced. But now wondering if I should be more careful in general.

    My son does all the extra shopping that can’t be delivered but he’s only 17 so I’m assuming they won’t handover a box of needles.

    What’s the general consensus on risk?
     
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    I have been collecting my prescription all the time and consider it one of the safer places throughout this pandemic.
    My pharmacy are very good. They have a screen to protect themselves and their customers. They only allow one person in the shop at a time so social distancing is maintained. They don't require a signature so all I touch is the door to go in and out and the bag with my diabetes stuff in it.

    Thankfully, my only medical condition is type 1 diabetes which I manage reasonably well, I am not obese, I am female and I am not at a heightened risk due to my ethnic background. So, relatively, my risk is not very high. In additional, I am a very independent person so taking away the ability to look after myself would have a serious mental health implication.

    I believe we need to decide for ourselves how much risk we are willing to encounter. That is both in terms of the physical risk of getting the virus and the mental health risk of isolating ourselves from the world.
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    I consider myself perfectly safe to collect, but our pharmacy is delivering everything (super efficiently) to just about everyone it seems.

    Have you been shielding, or are you very newly diagnosed?
     
  4. Juicyj

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    Hello @TashT1

    I think risk is a personal decision based on weighing up the pros and cons, a pharmacy should be a clean hygienic place and as long as precautions are in place for both yourself and at the pharmacy then it shouldn’t pose a threat.

    I personally have collected my own and haven’t felt afraid to, but the call really does lie with you and your perceived level of risk.
     
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  5. TashT1

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    Yeh I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. My household has been very careful due to someone else being in the shielding group, essential trips out only.

    But now that I think about it, the pharmacy is about as essential as the trips to hospital for diagnosis. So I should stop over thinking it.
     
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