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Get insulin prescription from Doctor using SystmOnline

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by AntiD0t, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. AntiD0t

    AntiD0t Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi all, recently I movet to live in UK. I registered successfully at local GP, I have access to SystmOnline. I use insulin Levemir Flexpen and Novorapid Flexpen. How do I write insulin request correctly, in this field (attached below)? I need 2 boxes each per month. I ask here because my doctor is on holiday, and somebody told me I can requiest prescription in SystemOnline. Thank you.

    It's attached a screenshot from SystmOnline

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  2. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You will need to talk to someone at the doctors as only a doctor (or prescribing nurse) can prescribe insulin. Just writing down what you want won't mean you'll get it, you will need an appointment of some kind to get all the correct medications added to your repeat prescription - if your specified doctor is on holiday then another doctor at the surgery would be able to get this sorted for you. If your current insulin is running out book an emergency appointment.
     
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  3. AntiD0t

    AntiD0t Type 1 · Newbie

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    Thank you, I have some reserves for aprox 1 month, I'll go to them in the morning.
     
  4. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    With these online systems, once the doctor has seen you they will put the specific item, dose, and amount on your repeat prescription, then it just a case of ticking the box for what you want. Ask for your insulin, needles, testing strips, and lancets all on your repeat.

    Edit: adding a pic of my online system, it’s just checking the boxes of the items you want.

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    #4 Fndwheelie, Aug 22, 2019 at 2:20 PM
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  5. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    @AntiD0t once you have seen a doctor (or prerscribing nurse), you will see insulin, etc under the title "Regular Medicine" on te page you have screenshot above. Then it is easy to request it.
    As @Fndwheelie says, make sure you get everything included in your prescription. In addition to the list above, I would ask about sharps bins and glucogon.
    The other thing I have on my systmonline is the prescription is automatically forwarded to my named pharmacist so I don't have to pick it up from the doctor's surgery. This pharmacist is fixed so I can't change it if I move ... or change my job ... without talking to the surgery.

    Finally, in the UK, typically, GP surgeries manage people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes are usually handled by a hospital based dedicated diabetes team. These are the only guys who can change your insulin, request Libre for you, suggest you have a pump, etc. Therefore, when you see your GP, I suggest asking for a referral to the local diabetes team.
     
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  6. Gloucestergirl

    Gloucestergirl Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen a doctor about my diabetes for years! My surgery has a Specialist Diabetes Nurse and even then I only see her once a year for my annual review and sometimes I haven't seen her at the six month review, only being called in if they aren't happy with my blood results. It has been the Diabetes Nurse who had occasionally suggested adjustments to my insulin but it has been down to me to adjust them as I am very sensitive to Novorapid and if I had injected one dose suggestion that was made to me I would have had a severe hypo. Perhaps rather than asking for a doctor you could ask if your surgery has a Specialist Diabetes Nurse and see her instead.
     
  7. becca59

    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree re getting a hospital consultant appointment. A nurse attached to a Gp no matter how good, is still aligned to the finances of that Gp. A consultant is more likely to change medication to more up to date stuff and write to a Gp requesting them to do so. GPs surgeries are resistant to change things as they are strapped for cash.
     
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  8. helensaramay

    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    @Gloucestergirl as I mentioned, I mention the hospital based diabetes team for people with type 1 diabetes.
    However, I would recommend seeing someone who can advise on improvements to diabetes treatment.
    My team have not suggested adjustments to my insulin dose (like you, I do this regularly myself) but have suggested different types of insulin or different types of treatment rather than being stuck on using something "because I always have" when there is now something better avaialble.
     
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