OH's prescriptions are always for 28 days, not a calendar month, and until recently I always put in for a repeat precription in good time.......BEFORE WE WERE DOWN TO THE LAST TABLET.
Recently, our surgery will NOT precribe until the very last day of the previous 28 day prescription,and, on another post, you can see what happened when the requested medication was then NOT available for another 11 days. We don't hoard medication but I like to know that we have at least a few days in hand as the pharmacy often, despite the same meds being needed EVERY month, has to order them, which means returning a day or two later by which time we would be completely out of them.
GP's need to be educated in the fact that PWP cannot be without their medication and knowing that they have taken their very last tablet, and with no more to hand, can be very stressful for both them and their carer. A PUK campaign to educate GP's that PWP NEED their medication to be regular and a few days extra on hand. If I am unwell I cannot expect anyone to endlessly visit the surgery/pharmacy.
When asking for extra meds as we were going on holiday I put in a repeat prescription stating exactly why for both of us. They doubled MY meds which I had not asked for,but not OH's and I literally had to go to the surgery each day for 5 days to sort this out.It's a 48 hour turn over for repeats and they wanted me to wait another 48 hours even though it was their mistake, hence it took a week!
hTankfull I had a few days of OH's medication in hand at home.