GP, asked to buy Blood Pressure Monitor, Oximeter Blood & thermometer

mariesnowgoose

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There is a scheme that does this but until the NHS staff get used to making sure that people are covered like they do in other countries the tax payer is going to be out of pocket and also missing out on treatment because others have got there first. Couple of years ago someone ran up a bill for thousands of ££ because the baby she delivered while here on holiday was in intensive care for months. No insurance and no funds. Perhaps they should ask at the point of entry if you have insurance.

To others from outside the Uk our health service is FREE as they have never paid anything into it. They just arrive and head for the Hospital.

Perhaps we should all have ID Cards then you can just show your card and get treatment BUT the Human Rights lobby and other organisations don't like that because they think BIG BROTHER is watching. He is but I am not that bothered by it.
What about our health/medical cards? I'm sure I've still got an old card type from many years ago that had my NHS number on it? :unsure:

OK, so it's an ID card of sorts, but at least its a start and it could be specific to health needs only. I wouldn't be bothered about showing a health ID card or similar when needing treatment at a British GP surgery or at a British hospital in an emergency. After all, we usually carry our plastic driving licences in our wallets together with all the usual banking cards etc., and if you're abroad you also take your passport with you. It shouldn't be such a big deal to adopt something like this?
 

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What about our health/medical cards? I'm sure I've still got an old card type from many years ago that had my NHS number on it? :unsure:

OK, so it's an ID card of sorts, but at least its a start and it could be specific to health needs only. I wouldn't be bothered about showing a health ID card or similar when needing treatment at a British GP surgery or at a British hospital in an emergency. After all, we usually carry our plastic driving licences in our wallets together with all the usual banking cards etc., and if you're abroad you also take your passport with you. It shouldn't be such a big deal to adopt something like this?
Somewhere along the line you will have provided proof to get your free NHS treatment, this has been the case for several years now. For most people this will have been when registering at GP's, but turning up unannounced at a hospital and you are liable for checks.
 

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I suppose all they have to do now is get the staff trained. Watched a program about it the other year and they had one guy who was running round the Hospital chasing up patients. Some had been treated even though they didn't have the paperwork and others just disappeared with a promise to pay the bill. Lots of outstanding invoices and no way to collect the money. Some of the London Hospitals are owed millions of GBP for treatment that has been given and invoices not paid. All they can do is tell the Home Office who may stop the debtor entering the Country again.
 

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I decided to buy my own BP and Oxygen monitors to keep in the Motorhome but of course that was my decision as no one asked me too and it was for my own peace of mind.
 

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I decided to buy my own BP and Oxygen monitors to keep in the Motorhome but of course that was my decision as no one asked me too and it was for my own peace of mind.
I consider mine an investment, anything which identifies a trend allowing preventative medicine seems to be a good idea considering hypertension typically can lead to strokes The severity on occasion leaves little in getting you back to your former self.

Of course there are no guarantees but I can live with that
 

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The GP also sent a text message out about keeping 2 months worth of diabetic medication and to regularly checking my blood sugars, I don't have a meter and the GP practice won't offer one or the test strips :(
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If your wife has a diabetic nurse specialist at the hospital, they often can supply testing machines free, or contact the companies. Won't get free test strips though....so check first and see which are cheapest online? Did this for mum who had a machine which was out of date, company sent replacement free. Also for nephew from NZ who lost his while on holiday!
Vit B12 injections for pernicious anaemia definitely is supplied elsewhere in country by GP.....very strange that your practice doesn't do this.
 

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If your wife has a diabetic nurse specialist at the hospital, they often can supply testing machines free, or contact the companies. Won't get free test strips though....so check first and see which are cheapest online? Did this for mum who had a machine which was out of date, company sent replacement free. Also for nephew from NZ who lost his while on holiday!
Vit B12 injections for pernicious anaemia definitely is supplied elsewhere in country by GP.....very strange that your practice doesn't do this.
Its me who is diabetic who was asked by text message to check my blood sugars and my wife phoned the receptionist who said we will get you a machine but the GP said NO.

My wife used to get a B12 injection injection every 3 months but the GP stopped that, she has a dislike of taking tablets and was much happier with an injection.

I have ordered all the items and tablets and bits required.

Its not the financial cost that irks me its the fact that this medical centre says no to everything.

I had some surgery on my bladder in February, following my cancer and after 3 weeks I was still weeing blood, I took the hospital expert guidance notes your given to a GP appointment and the GP said thats all wrong, they don't know what they are talking about.

I just find it frustrating.
 

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Its me who is diabetic who was asked by text message to check my blood sugars and my wife phoned the receptionist who said we will get you a machine but the GP said NO.

My wife used to get a B12 injection injection every 3 months but the GP stopped that, she has a dislike of taking tablets and was much happier with an injection.

I have ordered all the items and tablets and bits required.

Its not the financial cost that irks me its the fact that this medical centre says no to everything.

I had some surgery on my bladder in February, following my cancer and after 3 weeks I was still weeing blood, I took the hospital expert guidance notes your given to a GP appointment and the GP said thats all wrong, they don't know what they are talking about.

I just find it frustrating.
Perhaps you need to make a complaint.
 

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To give another example, my wife had a nhs knee replacement but in a private hospital.

When to checked in as a nhs patient we were told we would be charged for medicines and elbow/arm crutches.

I asked the GP practice by email if this was correct, I was told to ask the hospital again.

When I told them their reply was idiotic they told me I was abusing them !

Frustrating :(

She has since fractured the other leg :( :(
 
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I find this weird as this morning I received this and as it says further to our recent communication regarding your BP, I have no idea what they are talking about so now waiting for a callback for an explanation.

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Well I’ve been looking at them on Amazon but how do you know which to get as they vary in price from £23 ... £100 I just want simple and accurate too much choice is not a good thing where I’m concerned 😬
 

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Well I’ve been looking at them on Amazon but how do you know which to get as they vary in price from £23 ... £100 I just want simple and accurate too much choice is not a good thing where I’m concerned 😬
If your not sure buy from a local chemist shop and then it will be easy to take it back :) Other than that its pure guesswork :(
 

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Well I’ve just had my telephone consutation and it’s because of the meds I am on and the fact that I am over 65 and the initial letter must have got lost in the post as I never received it so I best get one soon.👍
 

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Well I’ve just had my telephone consutation and it’s because of the meds I am on and the fact that I am over 65 and the initial letter must have got lost in the post as I never received it so I best get one soon.👍
Don't worry I take so many tablets, I rattle :)
 

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The Wife bought me a BP Monitor from Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury today, it cost about £19. It is their own brand and the one they themselves use on customers. It seems a good bit of kit, I might wear it when in Current Affairs to see how angry some of you make me. :ROFLMAO:

I would not have bothered personally but I had a bit of a do over the weekend and my Blood Pressure has not caught up yet. It takes twice as long to walk the dogs. :)
 

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The Wife bought me a BP Monitor from Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury today, it cost about £19. It is their own brand and the one they themselves use on customers. It seems a good bit of kit, I might wear it when in Current Affairs to see how angry some of you make me. :ROFLMAO:

I would not have bothered personally but I had a bit of a do over the weekend and my Blood Pressure has not caught up yet. It takes twice as long to walk the dogs. :)
I have got the thermometer but still waiting for the B12 tablets, the blood pressure machine and the oximeter
 

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