Dispensing services set to be axed at two GP practices after public consultation by NHS Grampian

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Dispensing services at two North-east GPs are poised to be scrapped.

It has been recommended to the NHS Grampian Board that the services are no longer required at Portlethen and Skene practices.

However, it has been noted that Auchenblae, Rhynie and Udny Station practices would have a requirement to dispense medication for particular patients.

An official decision on dispensing is due to be taken at a meeting next month following a four-month public consultation by NHS Grampian.

Peter Chapman, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East Region, said: “While I am disappointed to hear that dispensing services will close at Portlethen and Skene, I must welcome the decision to retain this crucial service at Udny Station in particular.

“The response from local residents was overwhelmingly opposed to any changes to the current set-up.”

The consultation, which was the largest ever undertaken by NHS Grampian, followed a review of dispensing by the Haddo Medical Group in 2015.

Around 1,300 people responded to the public consultation, with 200 attending public drop-in sessions, and more than 80 contributions or submissions to the review group.

North-east MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed the recommendation by NHS Grampian’s Dispensing Practice Review Group that Rhynie Medical Practice should retain its dispensing status.

The review sparked fears that Rhynie would lose its vital dispensary and residents would face lengthy trips to pharmacies in Huntly or Alford.

Mr Rumbles said: “People in this rural community would have suffered great difficulty in obtaining the medications they require if the surgery lost its dispensary.

“Without a doubt this recommendation is the correct one and I trust that Grampian Health Board will adopt the recommendations of the report.”