MSP backs recommendation to retain prescription services

Gillian Martin MSP says residents would have been faced with a long journey, particularly the older generation.
Gillian Martin MSP says residents would have been faced with a long journey, particularly the older generation.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has backed a recommended decision to health chiefs to retain a number of dispensary services.

Udny Station’s Scotstown medical practice was one of six threatened with losing its dispensary service.

However, a consultation revealed there was overwhelming support for it to remain over wide concern older residents in particular, would not be able to access services.

The services also serves residents in Udny Green, Pitmedden, Potterton and Balmedie.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said: “I am delighted NHS Grampian has listened to the overwhelming feeling of patients in the North East who have had real concerns about plans to cut the service.

“Dispensary services – particularly in rural areas- are essential in providing the opportunity to provide ready access to medicine for patients.

“Residents would have been faced with a long journey, particularly the older generation.

"I have met regularly with residents concerned about the future of the service, attended meetings with NHS Grampian including a submission to the panel about what the impact would be.

“It was really important to me to make sure the voices of those potentially affected were heard which also included writing letters to NHS Grampian and meeting with the community council.

“I would like to thank the hard work of William Grant who led the submission to get residents to submit to the consultation.

“I am relieved NHS Grampian took these views on board and made the right decision."