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    Procedure for Specialist outpatient clinic registration and private clinic recommendation

    Hello again,

    I have been trying to book an appointment with the GOPC via phone/HAGO app systems for my mom (who suffered from a stroke 2 years ago in the UK and who has medication for 2 more months in the fridge here in HK).

    Either there are no open slots available or , after frantically refreshing the app, there are slots open on the day,in a remote location from us and in 2hrs time...making it nigh impossible.These booking systems only allow for 24 hours in advance bookings.

    All i really need are the meds she has been taking in the UK and the hope is that during the eventual appointment i can convince the doctor to provide a repeat prescription of meds to be collected monthly,quarterly,etc

    I went to Fanda to snoop around and the staff told me the meds would cost around 680HKD per month. They also asked me if i cared for any particular brands for the meds...i responded no...so i do not know if the 680HKD are the cheaper or more expensive brands...(should have asked them but forgot in the moment)

    I would love some help with the following :


    1. I have yet to try other pharmacies beside Fanda,am i understanding it correctly that : Fanda does not require doctor slips BUT is more expensive while non-Fanda pharmacies require doctor slips BUT are less expensive?
    2. I suspect the odds of getting prescription meds from no-Fanda pharmacies dotted around Hong Kong streets without doctor slips is impossible? Could i use UK-NHS papers to get the meds there instead?
    3. The GOPC is meant for non-urgent medical consultations BUT the GOPC are also the ones that may refer you to SOPC... is that right?
    4. The GOPC booking system is only a maximum of 24hrs in advance. Is there no way to book longer out ?
    5. Failing to get a slot in public hospitals...could someone recommend a private place in the Central/Sheung-Wan area please ? ... nothing fancy...maybe a blood test and just some doctor approved repeat prescription for her meds that can be bought in non-Fanda pharmacies (if that is how private clinics work!)
    6. My mom is turning 65 in summer next year. Am i understanding it correctly that, assuming she is registered, she is eligible to receive health care vouchers on the 1st of JAN of next year ? Can one use these vouchers at non-Fanda pharmacies ?


    Thank you for your help and please correct me if i am wrong anywhere!!

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    Fanda would require a prescription on numerous medications.


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    Failing to get a booking via phone/app...mehbe we will just go in person and get a ticket at the hospital and wait a couple of hours or something


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    As long as the drug isn't too controlled (e.g valium or ADHD meds), probably around 25% of pharmacies (the ones with the Rx) will dispense the drugs if you can vaguely prove that you are entitled to them. Remember to go to an independent one. Don't bother with Watson's, Manning's or any other chain. The more local looking, the better. Bonus points if they also sell Chinese medicine, they are less likely to care about prescriptions.

    Use the generic name for the drug (not the brand) and specifically ask for the generic version if you want the cheaper option. All pharmacists speak English and will understand this request.

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    Will do that in the coming days !...I also need to pick a lock but that is a separate issue


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    Also you can get your doctor in the UK to send you a scanned copy of the prescription over email and most pharmacies will accept it here. Have done that several times.

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    Serious?! in the UK , when i get her paper bag of meds, it comes with a small receipt stating the GP, her NHS number and the meds themselves....do you think i can use that too at a non-fanda pharmacy?


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    I expect if you are able to get an appointment through the public system, the cost of the medications will be very low. Once you have had the first appointment, it is relatively straightforward - although count on loosing half a day on each visit as you slowly navigate the system.

    $135 for the 1st attendance, $80 per subsequent attendance, $15 per drug item N5
    https://www.ha.org.hk/visitor/ha_vis...10045&Lang=ENG
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    Hey,thank you for the reply...i think it will be nigh impossible to get an appointment via phone/app system....can i just go there in person,take a ticket and wait in the room with others until called up?...i have heard of relatives, just going there in person, waiting 3hrs+ before getting seen and they just get their prescription drugs once a year without issue for many years now...


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    If time is not super important, you can just walk into any public A&E ($180) , ideally during the day when there are more staff and fewer uninsured people coming in after work. Waiting times are long but it's better than nothing and is a first step into the system.


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