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Husband Stuck in Spain - MedIcation?

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:52pm
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Cat lady

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Hola

My husband is one of many not able to return to the UK as his flight for 3rd April is cancelled and his medication will run out after that date. Although we are residents we haven't used the Spanish Health System for some time, apparently the Health Centre in San Miguel has closed? Or perhaps open for emergencies only?  

Royal Mail here in the U.K. are doing their best to keep going and hopefully the Correous is doing the same but no one knows from one day to the other what changes will have to be made - if anyone has any information or suggestions that would be appreciated.

Many thanks and stay safe

Kimmy11

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:57pm

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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:57pm

Hi Cat lady,

All medical centres are closed to non-urgent requirements.  If you're residents, has your husband previously had his meds prescribed by your local medical centre?  If so, your husband can phone them, they can update the prescription online and then he goes direct to a pharmacy to collect it.  Failing that, he can take his meds to a pharmacy and see whether they are available over the counter without a prescription.

Kind regards,

Kim

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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:01pm

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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:01pm

Not sure whst the UK post office and Correos in Spain have to do with the situation but your oh should be able to go to his local pharmacy and buy what he needs over the counter

Depending on the individual pharmacy, and possibly what exactly it is he needs, he may need to show a previous prescription or boxes from what he's taking.

How's he been getting it up til now, is there perhaps a bit more behind this than meets the eye? 

RayD

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:14pm

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Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:14pm

Are you on SIP cards via an S1, or do you have private medical insurance?

If the former, has he ever had a prescription from the médico in the Centro de Salud? If so, a phone call to the médico will get a prescription sent to the farmacia via computer. Alternatively, taking his SIP to the farmacia they may supply him with what he needs without prescription, although he will have to pay for it.

If the latter, private healthcare, phone the médico for a prescription, although I think he may need to collect it.

IanW

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:31am

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:31am

Hi 

The main Medical Center in La Mata is still open , but for emergence's only..

If it's a real problem then dial 112

Plus, if you don't have a SIP card, and it's probably impossible to get one now, you need to take ID (Passport and EHIC Card) to get treated. If you have medical insurance take that as well. Plus if you have to go together , if you don't have transport, You will need 2 taxis. as they have brought in a new rule, only one person allowed in a taxi .. Hope it works all right for you... Be SAFE.

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:37am

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:37am

IanW wrote on Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:31am:

Hi 

The main Medical Center in La Mata is still open , but for emergence's only..

If it's a real problem then dial 112

Plus, if you don't have a SIP card, and it's probably impossible to get one now, you need to take ID (Passport and EHIC Card) to get treated. If you have medical insurance take that as well. Plus if you have to go together , if you don't have transport, You will need 2 taxis. as they have brought in a new rule, only one person allowed in a taxi .. Hope it works all right for you... Be SAFE.

Hi

Get your husbands UK surgery to email his prescriptions to him. He can then take it into the Pharmacy.

This is what they are doing here in Mallorca, so should work on mainland.

Best wishes

Christine 

Cat lady

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14am

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14am

Good morning,


Thank you so much, that sounds like a good idea, I’ll let me husband know and will let you know how we get on.

Cat lady

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:25pm

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:25pm

RayD wrote on Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:14pm:

Are you on SIP cards via an S1, or do you have private medical insurance?

If the former, has he ever had a prescription from the médico in the Centro de Salud? If so, a phone call to the médico will get a prescription sent to the farmacia via computer. Alternatively, taking his SIP to the farmacia they may supply him with what he needs without prescription, although ...

...he will have to pay for it.

If the latter, private healthcare, phone the médico for a prescription, although I think he may need to collect it.

Hola


yes he has his SIP card and used to have prescriptions but hasn’t needed to go there for a few years, maybe he isn’t still on their system?

Cat lady

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:28pm

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:28pm

Cat lady wrote on Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:14am:

Good morning,


Thank you so much, that sounds like a good idea, I’ll let me husband know and will let you know how we get on.

Hola again, I phoned our doctor’s this morning and the receptionist said they were not sending prescriptions via internet or any other way to Spain, so that’s that!

RayD

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:43pm

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Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:43pm

Cat lady wrote on Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:28pm:

Hola again, I phoned our doctor’s this morning and the receptionist said they were not sending prescriptions via internet or any other way to Spain, so that’s that!

But if they give it to you in the UK, you can scan it and send the scan by email to your husband.

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