MSP backs residents surgery campaign

Gillian Martin MSP for Aberdeenshire East
Gillian Martin MSP for Aberdeenshire East

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin met residents who are concerned that a consultation being undertaken by NHS Grampian could threaten the future of the dispensing surgery in Udny Station.

Residents fear that the loss of the dispensary from the surgery will create difficulties for many residents forced to travel long distances to acquire essential medicine.

The review by NHS Grampian of the dispensing services of six surgeries in Aberdeenshire, including the one in Udny Station, began on Monday, July 4 and continues for three months.

Ms Martin said: “I believe there is a special and very strong case for Udny Station’s surgery to retain their dispensing services.

“For elderly patients, and young families who may not have transport except the local buses, this will be a tremendous inconvenience. For the patients, the surgery is a one stop shop for all their medical needs in a village which has no alternative.

“I am fully in support of the residents who have been in touch with me to help preserve this service, and I urge as many people as possible to take part in the public consultation.”

Ms Martin has requested an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of NHS Grampian on this matter.