Methlick Community Blog

For the Community of Methlick in Aberdeenshire

NHS dispensing decision backs Community

Dispensing SAVED at Pitmedden Surgery

NHS Grampian have just voted by the narrow margin of 11 to 9 to back a recommendation to reverse the decision to stop dispensing medicines from the Doctors Surgery at Pitmedden.  The campaign to save the facility to get prescriptions from the surgery has been SAVED by a community campaign from Udny, Tarves and Methlick Community Councils along with local Councillor Paul Johnston and campaigners, Chris York, Tamsin Morris and David Hekelaar.

The campaign proved to NHS Grampian despite some misgivings on precedent, that there were serious difficulties for patients in Pitmedden and Udny in accessing dispensed medicines if the Doctors Surgery were to no longer have the rights to do this.

The Community Council’s group in particular thanked local MSP Alex Salmond and MP  Malcolm Bruce for their support for the Community based campaign.

The decision now means that Pitmedden surgery can continue to dispense prescriptions and the income from this will support NHS services locally, hopefully with a review to allow Tarves surgery to open again. The decision will also help secure the future of Methlick surgery and allow Methlick patients to get medicines if they are having an appointment at Pitmedden when a local appointment is unavailable.

The campaign does not stop, as the group are now trying to seek a more long term sustainable solution for local residents protecting their GP and healthcare services.

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