by Mike Schofield
Although my type 2 diabetes was diagnosed more than 12 years ago, it is only in the last 15 months that I have been medicated. Prior to that, I had controlled it through diet and exercise.
On collecting my first prescription for metformin, the pharmacist went to great pains to explain that I should take one tablet each morning and a second tablet each evening on a regular basis and to contact them immediately if I suffered any ill-effects after taking them. We also discussed dietary factors and the need for regular exercise.
The pharmacist then phoned me the following day, on the third day and after one week, to again check that I was taking the medication as prescribed, not suffering any ill-effects and had no questions about the medication. One month later, when I collected my next prescription, the pharmacist again checked that I was following the instructions and had not suffered any ill-effects as a result of taking metformin.
For the next 12 months I collected my prescription on a regular basis until at the annual renewal the pharmacist asked that I had a consultation with him. He then asked if I was taking the metformin as prescribed, not suffering any side effects and was following dietary advice and taking regular exercise. He also asked me to confirm that my feet were being checked by my diabetic nurse and that I received an annual check for diabetic retinopathy. I as able to confirm that it was the case with both.
In my opinion I have received excellent service from my local pharmacy and am most impressed at the level of care that I have received.