Had to take a journey into Salisbury this morning, to drop a prescription off at a pharmacy.For anybody unfamiliar with UK prescriptions, I discuss them in my glossary, so won’t describe them further here.
So I had this prescription for my insulin, which was issued last week. We went to the shops at the weekend, but like an idiot I forgot the prescription. As of now, I have one-and-a-bit pens left, just 3 or 4 days worth of insulin, so it was really quite important that I get some fresh insulin pretty soon. Hence my trip into Salisbury. I should really have gone yesterday, but….
The pharmacy didn’t have the meds in stock, they reckon it will take 48 hours to get it in stock, which cuts things finer than I’d like, but I should be ok. As an aside, the sharp observer might wonder, when you’ve got a city whose hospital prescribes a certain med, that the city’s largest pharmacy doesn’t carry that med as a stock item. Seems a bit daft to me, it should all be more joined-up, but what do I know?
I meant to mention, I did my drop-in last week and it was actually quite a good visit. I had been warned beforehand that there were lots of people on the ward who were receiving end-of-life care, and that it would probably be of limited worth. However when I turned up, there were certainly lots of very poorly people, but there were also some quite distraught relatives there, it was nice to chat to them and possibly offer some hope that there might be life afterwards. It never fails to surprise me how polite people are – mostly – in such an awful situation.
It highlights, I suppose, another difference between a volunteer and a staff member. The staff are very patient-centric, but I think it is important to connect with relatives too. I can’t really offer much, but I can possibly shed some light on the changes that they might expect. I know the overall statistics are favourable, in terms just of survival, so I can quite easily apply a positive view on the fact that somebody’s father or mother is lying there looking very sorry for themselves.