I don’t mean to upset anyone, it’s just a simple question, why do we queue at the chemist? Let me start by saying that I really appreciate my chemist. Always cheerful and helpful answering any medical type questions I have.
However, every time I visit for prescription medication there is a long queue and usually a minimum waiting time of fifteen minutes. Sometimes it’s a little longer, sometimes shorter. The place is always packed to the rafters too.
Aren’t Chemist shops similar to Sweet shops?
In my mind (which isn’t very big) I see the chemist shop as similar to a sweet shop. You know, you ask for a quarter pound of Aniseed balls, the assistant reaches for the jar and they’re dispensed immediately. Gobstoppers, 5 in a packet, sorted. One length of liquorice, snip, all done! No waiting, no fuss and all completed in under 2 minutes.
So why does it take so long to sort out the medication in a chemists shop? Don’t most tablets come in boxes of 20 or 56 or whatever. I’ll have one box of Rumplepethydine extract please. Pop it in the bag with the bottle of cough mixture. Job done. Alas, it seems not.
The assistants look at you from behind their eye level counters, then what seems to be all sorts of shenanigans goes on. Whispering, talking about my medication, perhaps they’re talking about me and wondering why I should be taking Ompomperapozole tablets! Perhaps I’m getting paranoid? There’s tablets for that, isn’t there?
I honestly don’t mind queuing
We are so lucky in the UK with our National Health Service. I’m eternally grateful for everything they do for me and my family. I don’t mind queuing, honestly or waiting, but I still can’t stop thinking why do we queue at the chemist? There must be a straight forward answer. If you know why, I’d love to hear.