Mid Formartine Cllr Paul Johnston who has been working with community councils and campaigners in an effort to reopen Tarves surgery and prevent withdrawal of dispensing at Pitmedden, has welcomed the decision of NHS Grampian board to back recommendations allowing doctors from the Haddo Medical Group to continue dispensing prescriptions from their Pitmedden surgery.
Paul Johnston said: “This is fantastic news for Udny – Pitmedden, Tarves and Methlick. This reprieve is a major achievement by campaigners.”
” A tremendous amount of hard work has gone into persuading the NHS board to review their decision. What is important is that the NHS have accepted that there is serious difficulty for people in Pitmedden and across the rural parts of the practice in obtaining prescription medicines.”
Paul explained that if patients were having serious difficulty then NHS Grampian should permit a GP to dispense prescribed medicines.
” A lot of evidence was placed in front of the NHS professional panel prior to the board and on the arguments submitted they recommended that our GP’s continue their excellent dispensing work from Pitmedden and Methlick.”
“I think that all in communities of Udny, Tarves and Methlick owe a great deal to the campaigners and their Community Councils who have shown their worth.”