The Other Guys

I am not going to poke fun of GPs any more. I want to concentrate on nurses, dentists and hospital doctors. These three groups of health professionals make GPs seem competent at prescribing.


Many people think are experts in dressings, sadly, they have been mistaken. It is extremely annoying to get a dressing prescription only to later find out they have written an incorrect size and doubly annoying when you have to send said prescription to NWOS. It is triply annoying when they don’t answer their phone!

A nurse prescription for Dihydrocodeine 30mg tablets Four QDS naturally brought out the detective in me, feeling concerned I rang the nurse and it turned out that she had only prescribed the item because a patient had verbally told her a consultant had recommended that dose.

Back to the topic of dressings, nurses, yes nurses are legally unable to prescribe a box of dressing, meaning any quantity more than three comes out of their back pockets.  I also plead for patients not to believe a district nurse who says “I will order a prescription for you”.


These are professionals with a love for prescribing strange doses and out of bound drugs. I have seen Amoxicillin QDS, Amoxicillin tablets and co-codamol on a dental script. I have had many phone calls trying to explain the rules to them. Prescriptions regularly come through not stamped.

Dentists are also lazy. Take this for example; they write the dose but then get the receptionist to write the name and address on the prescription. They very lazy ones have stamps with the drug and dose on, so no handwriting involved no need for any extra pressure on those precious little fingers.

A couple of months ago, a nice dentist prescribed two Temazepam 10mg tablets for an anxious patient prior to her dental procedure. He unfortunately increased her anxiety by forgetting to add ‘For dental treatment only’!

Hospital doctors

These guys change the rules. They place the address labels over the part of the prescription that says that the outpatient prescription can only be dispensed in hospital. They refuse to print their name inside the very box that’s asking for it. They also refuse to sign their name in the signature box. Forcing pharmacists to chase the hospital doctor through a maze of automated options and depressing music.

A hospital prescription for Eurax plus cream showed no results on my computer, google, AAH, Alliance, NPA information department or from the company that produces Eurax. Once the secretary rang me back [Consultants never use the phone], she told me that the consultant had found Eurax plus on the internet and decided to prescribe it….

Let me know if you have any examples like these.


2 thoughts on “The Other Guys

  1. Amoxicillin tablets is the Most common error on dentists part. Their formulary is worth three pages as they don’t know of its tablets or caps.. This is the most medicine too, the first ever penicillin … Also if a Gp asks you if he can order “iPod” on Rx is something I found funny actually. Poor guy meant “Icaps” Lolx

  2. All dentists write in the endorsement column. Fact. We also don’t even bother to check the shelf when a customer says ‘the district nurse was supposed to send round a prescription.’

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