Pill Time

Strip of pills being pulled out of a boxPill Time – Home delivery pharmacy of medication, Are they any good?  According to PillTime’s website:  “PillTime does everything your high street pharmacy does, while making your life more convenient and medication easier to manage.

“We get your prescription from your GP,  pre-pack your medication by the dose into clearly labelled pouches and deliver it to your door – as easy as that”.

As easy as that they say……Hmmmm, not my experience that’s for sure.  Many of you may be thinking exactly what I thought.  What a great idea, no more running to the chemist, or asking family to collect your prescription.  Things don’t always go as we plan.  For those of you that are interested here is my experience of PillTime.

I spoke to pill time initially to join their service.  I gave them all the information regarding my medication etc.  When and what I take during one day.  My first batch arrived with lots and lots and lots of pouches.

I had two pouches for my morning tablets, presumably because of the amount of pills I have to take, they wouldn’t all fit into one pouch with the information that is printed on the pouch.  I had several pouches for lunchtime, although, I only have one pill to take at lunchtime so that seemed weird and then I had about four or five pouches for the evening and bedtime.  So, I phoned pill time and told them exactly what I would like in each pouch, which should leave me with 4 pouches a day.  Two in the morning and one each for lunch and evening/bedtime.  So I awaited my second batch.

I received an email informing me that my next batch was due and if there were any changes to please phone them as soon as possible. I knew I had already contacted pill time previously, regarding my medication so had no reason to contact them now.

Approximately 10 days after receiving this email, I received a phone call telling me my doctor had not given my full prescription, therefore they had to chase up the rest of my prescription. This would not cause any issues and my medication would be dispatched to me within the next 48 hours. This I believe was on a Monday.  I explained that I was a bit concerned as my meds ran out on Thursday, I was told this would not be a problem as my meds would be with me by Friday before 1pm.

I received another call from PillTime on the Friday, informing me that one of their machines had broke and my meds missed the post.  I was assured that my package was already boxed and ready to go and would be with me by Saturday, again, before 1 PM. I brought up the fact that my meds had now run out and I had no meds for that day.  The lady explained that she was aware of this and had spoken with the pharmacists and they told her although it wasn’t the best thing to be doing it should not cause me any problems missing my medication for one day…..Hmmm not happy at this point and somewhat concerned as I had no meds.

Hands opening a sachet of pillsEarly Saturday morning, yes you guessed it, I received yet another phone call from PillTime.  Would you believe it, they were telling me again due to some sort of issue my meds had missed the post.  I asked, “what a second time”?  The lady was quite shocked and asked has this happened before?  I explained yes, yesterday.  I was assured my medication would be with me yesterday before 1 PM. Now today you’re telling me exactly the same thing, how can this be the case when I was told previously my medication was already boxed and ready to go in the post? Obviously she had no knowledge of this. She apologised and said this is unacceptable. I totally agreed with her and explained once is a mistake twice is more than a coincidence but with all of that in mind, my main concern was being left without medication, therefore, what was she going to do about it?

She explained I had two options, option one was to wait until Monday for my pills to reach me or option two she can release my prescription back onto the NHS online service so I can go to my local pharmacist and get my prescription. This would be the easiest option as all she had to do was click a few buttons to get my prescription back on the system.  Yeah, again a simple task, what could possibly go wrong this time?  I gave it about an hour or two and then went to the chemist, (you’ll love this bit). PillTime had not put all of my prescription back online, therefore the chemist was unable to dispense my full prescription. So I had my medication and now still had to wait till Monday before I could get in touch with the doctor from the rest of my prescription.