Udny dispensing unit saved

Udny Station GP Surgery
Udny Station GP Surgery

Health chiefs have agreed with a recommendation to save the Udny Station dispensing unit from closure.

The move comes after an outcry in the local community over the proposals which would have included the removal of the dispensing unit at the local GP surgery.

Concern had been raised over the future for the service – particularly for older residents – who would have to travel miles in order to receive prescriptions.

Following a review, recommendations were revealed last week which called for a total of six dispensing units to be retained.

Around 1,300 people responded to a public consultation on the changes with 200 attending public drop-in sessions and there was an overwhelming desire to retain the service within rural villages such as Auchenblae, Rhynie and Udny.

Some 1,348 people responded to the public consultation – with 91.8% of respondents stating they would have a ‘serious difficulty’ in getting dispensed medicines from a community pharmacy.

As well as approving the recommendations to retain the dispensing services, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership also plan to look at the AB23 area postcode served by Udny Station.

A report will be made to the board at a later date to determine if patients living there would have serious difficulty obtaining their medicines elsewhere.

The review is expected to take six months with a report then going back to the board alongside the other recommendations and their implementation timescale of 12 months.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP, said: “I am delighted the recommendations to retain the dispensing unit at Udny have been approved.

“Access to vital services are essential particularly in rural areas such as Udny where travel, particularly for older people, might not be possible.

“I would like to say thank you to the local community and in particular William Grant who has worked tirelessly to make sure the voices of residents have been heard loud and clear.

“Rural services of all kinds are vital to people living in the area and it is clear the concerns they held have been listened too.”