"Refused Emergency prescription for HIV medication"
About: The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE7 7DN
Posted by broadacres (as ),
Today (Friday) I called up New Croft Centre as I have now run out of HIV Medication (Truvada, Prezista and Norvir - I peel off the labels- they're red, blue and white anyway! So, today I realise that I don't have any more pills and called Newcroft, Spoke to "L" there. I was honest and said I don't want to give any real details and said that I don't actually trust Newcastle NHS. I stated that I didn't want to be one of their patients. She said that was 'ok' and a triage form was done. "L" there was very helpful and told me I should come in pretty much straight away. I did. She was great and quite easy going about the anonymity thing. Reception seemed very smooth though make no mistake- it is well and truly a GUM clinic.
I quickly got taken to see a doctor and explained that rather than deal with the whole fuss in Newcastle NHS I buy my own pills abroad when I am away on work, but I had run out. All I needed was a prescription. I was pressurised into giving my full personal details (which I refused) and I was promptly told that the prescription would not be issued. I told him that It is likely to be the end of October 2 months away before I can get any. What a waste of time.
Surely I get to choose how far and to what extent people pry or try to help? Buying these pills is a decent proportion of my salary but it works for me and it suits my needs. Not only do I pay my taxes and NI I even buy my own medication at full 'retail price' and have done for almost 3 years. This one, simple request was refused. Diabolical and very dangerous.