When I first got my stoma, NHS prescriptions were done by GPs, but they arrived within twenty-four hours of ordering, because the suppliers sent you the products and then wrote to the GP for prescription. Then that changed and they now won't send them until they've received a prescription from the GP, which can take two weeks, which I don't like because it's not always easy to judge what you'll need to last two weeks. Though my GP is good about giving me prescriptions for whatever I ask for.
Oh okay. That makes it clear, thanks. I was lucky to have a good GP who didn't balk at prescribing me what I needed. Being the pessimist I am, though, I think it's going to become harder and harder for GPs to prescribe stuff. Bit of an aside, but at my previous hospital a doctor told me that some GPs wouldn't prescribe 6MP because of its expense: some patients had to come to the hospital to get it. I was quite shocked by that.
Fear of the future is one reason why I got my reversal in all honesty: I don't want to have to fight to get essential ostomy supplies or have to eke out inadequate supplies.
The stoma nurses are great though. For some reason when I call them there's always one there to answer (unlike consultants where you have to make an appointment via secretary), there's never a waiting list for appointments with the nurses, they just see you right away, they always run on time (why can no consultant do that?!) and they come to see you on the ward whenever you're in hospital.
It was like that for me at first, but at some point the appointments system was changed: you couldn't just drop in to see a nurse anymore. It meant booking in advance and only seeing them on a certain day of the week (although I presume if it was urgent they would see you sooner).
Really? Every nurse and doctor I see knows about stomas. I've had all sorts of scans of my stomach or tests involving showing my stomach (abdominal ultrasound, gastric emptying study, DEXA scan, chest x ray, ECGs, etc. etc.) and no one has ever been surprised when I lift my top up and they see my stoma. Though usually I remember to tell them beforehand, but they are never taken aback and straightaway know what I'm talking about. I once was in hospital and had an HCA who was literally on her first day, and even she knew what an ileostomy was, I showed her how to change the bag - she was very keen to learn.
Trying to think if I've had any nurses or doctors who didn't know what an ileostomy was, but I don't think so. I've had nurses ask me what operation I had and then not know what I meant by an ileorectal anastomosis though >_>.