Palliative Care unit at Greenwich NSW has policy not to issue scripts to terminal patients, but get them from their GP.
They give several reasons for this, none of which make sense, e. g. so GP can be involved in shared care. Yet the palliative care nurses call GP's for Schedule 8 scripts (medications prescribed under strict supervision) for patients they've never even seen, which could get the GP into medico-legal trouble. Not shared care!
As well, to get one months worth of one drug recommended by palliative care requires the palliative care to contact a GP, and then the patient to spend their precious time and energy on another medical visit.
This is not even including regular difficulties at the pharmacist end.
It really shouldn't be so hard for people with a terminal illness to access pain relief.
I have spent literally 6 hours trying to access one medication, and still don't have it.
"Palliative care prescribing"
About: Greenwich Hospital Greenwich Hospital Greenwich 2065
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