Why does the UK suck for diapers?

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mizzycub

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Or nappies, before anybody makes the "because they're not called diapers" joke.

I have a brilliant opportunity tomorrow to go and get some and get them home without people noticing, but the only thing I'm pretty certain of getting that will fit is drynites. You only get adult sized things in big supermarkets or boots stores and what you can get, by all accounts, tends to be on the awful side.

As for ordering something, I live with parents who don't go out often. It is an impossibility.

I'd be interested to know any brits who regularly manage to get proper adult diapers and how. Or any help in general for getting them in the UK.
 

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I've heard it's because of the way the health care system works there. Since the government covers most medical costs, people who are incontinent just get their supplies through them (I'm guessing via mail). Because of that, there's not alot of demand to carry them in stores.
 
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Or nappies, before anybody makes the "because they're not called diapers" joke.

I have a brilliant opportunity tomorrow to go and get some and get them home without people noticing, but the only thing I'm pretty certain of getting that will fit is drynites. You only get adult sized things in big supermarkets or boots stores and what you can get, by all accounts, tends to be on the awful side.

As for ordering something, I live with parents who don't go out often. It is an impossibility.

I'd be interested to know any brits who regularly manage to get proper adult diapers and how. Or any help in general for getting them in the UK.
I can reccomend about 85% of the Tena range. The adverts always aim them at women and the like, but seriously, they are comfy, hold alot, and are reliable - The price however, varies, but can be expensive as they ARE good quality, I'm fortunate enough that I get mine mailed to me by my Aunty.
 

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^ What he said.

The only adult nappies I've ever bought were the Boots ones. But then I've also been given some proper adult nappies from generous people too. :D

My new method of getting nappies is to just play the waiting game... Order them from the internet when I've moved out.
 
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If you have the nerve and guts, your best bet would be to check out Boots range, as you mentioned, if the Tena are too expensive, well, at least you'll have an idea of the variety available to you. Then come back and throw some names at us and we'll throw our opinions back so every penny goes to something you won't regret.
 

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Well I'm going to a boots tomorrow, but I can't be certain as to how much of the stock it has. I've just got to hope. Where do you get tena, money fortunately isn't too much of an issue. And which parts of range can you usually get.
 
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Well I'm going to a boots tomorrow, but I can't be certain as to how much of the stock it has. I've just got to hope. Where do you get tena, money fortunately isn't too much of an issue. And which parts of range can you usually get.

Boots or a pharmacy, usually. Hell, even Asda once in a while has them in.
 

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I order mine over the web. If my mother asks. I just say it a computer part.

Try specialist shops.
 

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Unfortunately I am unable to order things, having never done it previously. It looks suspicious.
 

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Start out buying something small, and get your mom used to things comming in the mail, after 1 or 2 packages she won't care.

Get something like a shirt, or just something you need or like and tell her it was a better price on the net, and mention how much you saved(even though you probably didn't) and she will think you are thrifty, and out to get the most for your money, parents like that kind of stuff.

As far as the package delivery people they don't care it's just another package to them.
 

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I've ordered lots of things off the internet but there is always someone who wants to know what I've got and my mom has banned me from ordering stuff from the internet :(
 

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Well that sucks, I guess your screwed, and just have to buy what you can get your hands on.
 

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the reason why dispies aren't as freely available as in the U.S. is that the dispie manufacturers collude in monopolising within market areas of NHS services. it's basically a closed market.
but, you can get a full(ish) range of dispies if you're prepared to do a bit of hunting through the Yellow Pages for disability shops and specialist chemists which supply local and national brands. for example, i can get Inda-slip, Attends, Tena, Vlesi, Kendall/Lille and others from 'local' stores within a 12 mile radius. Molicare and Moliflex are 'mail-order' only (you can ring or order online) and the distribution is handled by City-Link up here which will hold your package, until you collect, at their depot (they'll post a card with the collection details) and that can be handy if you know that no-one will be in your house when they attempt delivery.
 

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Yes!!!

###WARNING: Abuse of Exclamation marks###

Boots did good!!! :D:D:D After five minutes trying desperatly to find them, I did! Most were pull up style (depends and tena) so I got Boots Stay Dry, because tapes are important for me. I've heard they are terrible but I don't have a point of reference so it could be worse. And I wasn't frightened. I got an adrenaline rush, but just enjoyed it, instead of sweating.

Just YES!!! I can't believe it. I'm so happy.

Tonight, I'm going to have myself a real good time...



!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I'm happy :D)
 
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try the disabled shops most stock a few brands and any chemist will get them for you, normally takes 24 hours.

Boots own are a bit dire, tabs come undone easily, bucket shops often sell depends and usually quite cheap. They dont have great holding power but at £5 for 22 who cares as you can afford to change them often.
Sadly our local bucket has stopped doing them at the moment but did get some good tena pull ups from their to.
 

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Haha u think the uk is bad try getting them in Ireland the only thing u can get is drynights and even thay are hard to find :(
 

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I think if the big brands did start selling them in super markets, shops etc they whould make a total killing! I mean before I started surfing the internet, I didnt even know that adult nappies even existed. But like mentioned before, I think its down to the NHS. But saying that, I have chatted to people that suffer from incontenence and they told me that the nappies that the NHS provide are quite crappy also.

But to sum it up, I think the crappy boots brands or buying them from disablility shops is probably your only option.
 
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anybody apart from city-link offer pick-up from their depot? sounds like a good idea. I always go with Tena Slip, the Supers are good but I'm trying to get the maxi and its no longer convenient for me to get things delivered.
 

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anybody apart from city-link offer pick-up from their depot?
don't know about that, i only know from how Hartmanns and City Link operate round here. i should imagine it'll be a similar set-up wherever, given the nature of the goods.
i do know that you can't specify any delivery times when you order from Hartmanns but, once City Link have failed the delivery, you can then ring the City Link depot to make whatever arrangements are suitable (within their schedules).

I always go with Tena Slip, the Supers are good but I'm trying to get the maxi and its no longer convenient for me to get things delivered.
i don't really like them. especially since Asda only seem to stock the large size and the low absorbancy ratings. there's much better brand out there, if you can get them.
don't know which part of Scotland you're in but, there's a disability shop in Dumfries (or at least there was, like 9 years ago).
 

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I havent done proper research but...
as far as I have understood the only thing in here are depends...
 
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