Keep dispensing at medical practice

With heightened concern by local residents regarding the decision to withdraw the dispensing powers of Haddo Medical Practice, North-east MSP, Mark McDonald has written to NHS Grampian.

The letter is in response to a review which is currently underway after a legal challenge was mounted which casts doubt on whether or not Haddo Medical Practice will be allowed to continue to dispense medicines in Pitmedden or Methlick

The decision to withdraw dispensing powers was taken when an independent pharmacy opened in the village, but the medical practice were still able to dispense in the Methlick and Pitmedden surgeries.

The local community council had opposed the decision to allow the new pharmacy to open and after consultation with local residents, it became apparent that there was widespread support for retaining dispensing powers in all three villages.

The implications for local residents is that poor local transport could lead to difficulty for some residents to access their prescriptions.

Mr McDonald said: “I am very concerned that constituents in Pitmedden and Methlick could find themselves disadvantaged if Haddo Medical Practice loses the ability to dispense prescriptions.

“While Tarves is not a long distance from either community, the transport links leave much to be desired, and residents who do not have their own transport would suffer a much poorer services as a result.”

An NHS Grampian spokesperson commented: “We have received Mr McDonald’s letter and will respond to him directly.

“The review of the requirement to dispense is still ongoing and, when agreed, there will be a 60-day consultation period.”