"Lack of life-necessary medication"
About: NHS Scotland NHS Scotland
Posted by Edinburgh visitor (as ),
UK pensioner visiting Scotland and had to stay on an extra couple of days unexpectedly. I suffered a heart attack 3 months ago and am on 8 different drugs including some which keep my heart pumping. Registered with a local doctor to get some more medication to tide me over then spent 4 hours walking around the main areas of Edinburgh (Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the entire length of Leith Walk) trying to find a chemist who could dispense all of the items. Tried 7 different pharmacies and NOT ONE could provide everything I needed. "We can get it in" was the common refrain. So am I supposed to cross my fingers and hope for the best for 24 hours while they get their stock in?
This is not acceptable. I have a life-threatening condition and these guys are more worried about their stock levels than their customers! Just exactly what minimum levels of stock are they supposed to keep? It's a disgrace! As a result I'm in pain and I still can't get my medication until at least midday today.