NHS Grampian and community pharmacist Kenneth Brown are conducting a consultation on a proposal to open a new pharmacy in Blackburn, Aberdeenshire.
It is the first joint pre-application consultation in NHS Grampian since new regulations came into force in June 2014. Under these regulations, health boards now have to carry out a joint public consultation with any community pharmacist proposing to open a new pharmacy providing NHS pharmaceutical services to the public.
The joint pre-application consultation runs from Thursday (February 12) to Wednesday, June 17 2015. More details can be found at www.nhsgrampian.org/involvingyou and by clicking on ‘Projects and Consultations’.
The proposed premises in Blackburn are currently a food takeaway, but will be converted to a pharmacy if the application is approved.
Mr Brown currently owns pharmacies in Motherwell and the Borders.
A pharmacy can be opened by anybody, anywhere in Scotland. However if someone wishes to provide NHSpharmaceutical services to the public, they can only do so with collaboration and permission of the relevant NHS Board. To do this the NHS Board and the applicant must now carry out a joint pre-application consultation with the public in the area of the proposed new pharmacy, before submitting an application to the relevant NHS Board.
Following the completion of the joint pre-application consultation, the Board and the applicant must agree upon and produce a consultation analysis report. The report must detail the level of support of residents in the neighbourhood to which the application relates.