Ever wondered what it’s like to be a locum?
@Dj_rai: That feeling of apprehension wondering what tomorrows hell hole has in store for you.
@Dj_rai: Walking in to a pile of prescriptions from weeks ago that need checking
@Dj_rai: The staff who do not acknowledge that you exist. ‘Hello i have a name! Not the Locum’.
@Dj_rai: The crap lazy locums who give us locums a bad name.
@Dj_rai: Store managers trying to tell me how to do my job. My response: “sorry is that your name on RP notice? Nah didn’t think so!”
@Dj_rai: Never having enough change for damn parking machines
@Dj_rai: No matter how early you set off or plan route you’re always late. Typical locum.
@Tobychanin: ‘The usual pharmacist always lends me anything’ I
@Weeneldo: It’s Saturday in a new location: just you, a counter assistant, an angry customer and a vanished prescription.
@Weeneldo: Even more fun: its Sunday, you’ve got 3 staff and none of them know the computer password. That was a bad day.
@David_Loughlin: You, a Saturday girl who hasn’t a clue & an unordered CD.
@weeneldo: Getting into trouble for breaking whatever mad rules the company has and no-one except the harshest manager will enforce.
@Tobychanin: ‘Well I asked for my repeat on Wednesday, why haven’t YOU ordered it?! Umm because I wasn’t here….
@Tobychanin: Notes left from the usual pharmacist with a to-do list, like full CD cupboard check.
@kung_fu_pandya: Had it all today: emergency supplies, complaining patients, first aid emergency
@Zartasha_A: When staff kindly make you tea … but you know that the mug is not the cleanest
@aye_sure: Awkward moment when you arrive at a pharmacy and you’re not the only locum booked!
@chrisking01: “Oh no Mr and Mrs X don’t take generic atorvastatin. They said they’ll leave the pharmacy if it happens again”
@chrisking01: “The Locum yesterday refused to issue this dosette without a temazepam Rx. Can you do it?” Err.. NO?!
@chrisking01: Hi what’s your name? You need to get x MUR and x NMS today for our targets
@chrisking01: The awful dirty looks you get when you fill in dispensing error forms. It’s for the good of patients!
@chrisking01: not getting any peace for 20mins to have your lunch
Things deliberately left by managers for the next day that need to be delivered/done for that morning. Enough time was available the previous day. Unethical practices. Very untidy dispensaries (paper work + waste everywhere). Poor dispensary structure + maintenance. Poor security for staff. Interestingly, Inspector not interested in this. Dispensing surface used for everything else, e.g. Cashing up, storing magazines, putting away stock. Company apathy to these unhygienic kitchens.
Manager’s not filing error report forms when they themselves make mistakes. They do it every time for locums. To be honest, also clearing up the crap left by other locums and some newly, cocky qualified (not all are like that). Understaffed places and Area Manager/Co-ordinators not bothered about acquiring help. It’s a danger to patients, hello? Also, constantly changing locum co-ordinators who have to get to know from scratch your area + issues that don’t allow you to work in certain areas (i.e. school runs, childcare)