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Fortisip drinks

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:33 pm
by Dee123
Has anyone else been told that their doctors are no longer providing Fortisip yoghurt style drinks on prescription? My mum has been switched over to Aymes Shake Smoothie that she has to make herself from powder and they taste really bad! My mum enjoyed her Fortisip juices everyday, they help to keep her weight stable, but she doesn't like the new smoothies.

Does anyone know if this is a decision across the NHS to no longer provide Fortisip or it is just our doctor?

Re: Fortisip drinks

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:49 pm
by PCUK Nurse Nicola
Hi Dee123,

My name is Nicci, I am one of the nurses that works on the support line here at Pancreatic Cancer UK. Thanks for your post Dee123, I’m sorry to hear that your Mum is struggling with the new style drinks. I am not aware of the fortisips being unavailable on the NHS anymore Dee, it might be that they have been removed from the local formulary in your Mum's area but I would certainly ask the doctor about why it has been changed and explain that your Mum is struggling to tolerate the Aymes drinks. There should be other alternatives as well.
Do feel free to contact the support line on 0808 801 0707 open 10am-4pm if you would like to chat about this in more detail.
Kind Regards

Nicci
Nicci Murphy
Pancreatic Cancer Specialist Nurse
Support Team
Pancreatic Cancer UK
email: nurse@pancreaticcancer.org.uk
support line: 0808 801 0707