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Invitation from Lloyds pharmacy

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by hanadr, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    We both got leaflets inviting us to avail ourselves of the Lloyds pharmacy services to diabetics. Apparently it's free and they gave vouchers for some supplies at reduced prices. Not strips of course! Our pharmacy isn't a Lloyds, so Idon't know where they got the names.
    I'm sure they'll give an excellent service, but The NHS SHOULD be doing it
    Hana
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    You'll find the NHS do, everyone is entitled to a 12 monthly check-up.
     
  3. hanadr

    hanadr · Expert

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    i personally see to it that I get a 6 monthly check up at the surgery. Going just after Iget back from a week's holiday in the middle of this month. Surely annually is too much time for things to go wrong. I know we are entitled, but the quality of the NHS service is very variable. I'm one of the lucky ones. My nurse and GP back me up.
    hana
     
  4. noblehead

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    I'm not too sure I agree that annually is too long Hana, provided the person is monitoring bg levels I think it's adequate in most cases. My own clinic (hospital) will ask to see patients more frequently if they are experiencing problems until such times that they feel comfortable with the annual check, I go every 9 months as this is my preference, if I want I can go to my gp practise in between times and get an Hba1c check done provided it's been 3 months since it was last checked.

    btw, what is the diabetes service that Lloyds provide?
     
  5. Sid Bonkers

    Sid Bonkers Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Hana, this is the second thread you have started regarding the LLoyds Pharmasy Diabetes Service but I can find no information what so ever on the web about it, other than them offering a service to check for diabetes which I assume is for non diabetics.

    The only information I can find is:
    http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/info/diabetes

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    http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/info/f ... betes-test

    Neither of which mention a service aimed at diabetics.


    So what exactly is this service and have you got a link to any information on it please?
     
  6. Thommothebear

    Thommothebear Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get a similar service from my Boots pharmacy. I think this might be the NHS outsourcing some aspects of diabetes care. I have had a couple of phone calls from boots concerning my diabetes management strategy and treatment which is more than I have ever had from the NHS so I'm in totally in favour, these were not sales calls I might add but basically ensuring I was having no medication problems or questions.
     
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    pav Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I noticed in my local ASDA pharmacy they were advertising the same service as well, first time I have seen them advertising diabetes checks, maybe as a result of Diabetes UK being in there last week doing a collection.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    It has been on the TV with an elderly type 2, a young boy hoping his mum isn't worrying about his medication and a young type 1 woman dining out. I have seen posters up and in a Lloyds Pharmacy they will also give advice regarding foot care as well.

    RRB :)
     
  9. phoenix

    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    I notice that Lloyds are doing a similar thing in Holland.
    http://www.celesio.com/en/CR/Our_respon ... anagement/
    I assume it's been decided as beneficial to Lloyds commercially ; they will get customer goodwill, get paid for dispensing drugs and people through the door may also buy other things.
     
  10. hanadr

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    I phoned Lloyds to ask about the details of the service. the relevant person was away and they promised to call me on Monday afternoon with all the details. i'll pass on any info I get.
    Hana
     
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    If this is the service I think it is, Lloyds Pharmacy receives £28.00 for every patient they see to offer advice on medication, how and when to take it and how it works. It has been offered in Lloyds chemists for at least 6 years, because I used to have to make an appointment to see the pharmacist on a Saturday afternoon, as she was too busy during the week to give up a 30 minute slot to see me. The time of the appointment made no difference to me and because she was so very knowledgeable, I used to ask to see her on an annual basis (although at the time I didn't realise how much the fee to the nhs was). My friend is asthmatic, and she has had a similar appointment with her pharmacist in the last 6 months (and this is how I know what the fee is), but my friend is very well informed and she didn't feel the fee was worth the 10 minutes of pretty useless information she received, and won't be taking up the offer again! On the whole, I think this service is designed to run alongside the GP surgery/hospital specialists as pharmacists tend to be better informed on when and how to take certain medications and if and how they conflict with each other. Simple info like, 'Take this 20 minutes before your breakfast,' and, 'This works better if taken in the evening,' aren't always included in the dosage instructions or on the bottle/box.

    Hope this helps.
     
  12. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    That sounds like a medication review, I've noticed in last few years the pharmacist are all to keen to do a review of my meds and ask if I can spare 10 minutes of my time when collecting prescriptions, didn't know they got paid from the NHS for doing so and just thought it was part of their service!
     
  13. hanadr

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    I've had a reply from Lloyds
    they assure me their staff are trained by people from a diabetes charity JDRF and that they are supplementing Doctors, clinics and DSNs.Following the gidelines of DUK
    As to noblehead's comment about annual checks not being too infrequent if people monitor their BG. that's probably right, but the NHS only supplies strips for 1 test per week for stable T2s.
    I don't usually even get that. I buy and test once or twice daily, which is less than I'd like to, but seems to be working.
    Hana
     
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    ewelina Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Lloyds - thats where i was diagnosed :) Im not sure if they do anything else apart from blood checks for sugar levels.
     
  15. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    See what you make of the Lloyds service Hana and report back!

    The ban or restrictions on test strips for type 2's is a disgrace and one which we can all agree on, in those circumstances I would insist on an HBa1c test done every 3 months if self-funding was an impossibility.
     
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    I live in Belgium, we have to have check ups at the hospital every three months, the doctors are brilliant and make sure we have all the supplies we need. As I've had beta cell transplants I'm there every month the the care is outstanding. I wish everyone had the same care. :)
     
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