Had a bit of an emergency with my baby daughter during the week when I needed to get her in to see a GP because of an ongoing high temperature that we were finding hard to control.
Since there are two pharmacists in the shop it was great to be able to leave at a moments notice!
The GP we got in to see gave me a script after discovering an ear infection and said that antibiotics were reasonable at this point since the symptoms had been present for 3 days and were not improving.
The interesting thing is to now be a patient at a dispensing doctors practice. The script that was handed to me wasn’t signed and when I queried this I was told that the GP would sign it when the dispenser had brought the medicines back to be checked (patient choice eh? – good job I do actually live miles from the nearest pharmacy!).
I didn’t mind too much since it was late and I needed the antibiotics, but it was fascinating to watch the receptionist dispense the antibiotic from the ‘dispensary’ in the corner of the room from where she was booking patients in, etc.
I’m obviously on my soap box about this issue being a pharmacist, but with the amount of patient interventions I regularly make, I just can’t see how similar problems are picked up in a dispensing practice.