Still time to have say on Balmullo pharmacy

PEOPLE in the Balmullo area still have time to respond to a public consultation over plans for a new pharmacy in the village.

NHS Fife is carrying out a survey to gauge local opinion on the prospect of pharmaceutical services being resumed at the Pitcairn GP surgery.

The health board ruled last year that the practice had until May to wind down its medicine stocks after a community pharmacy was opened in nearby Leuchars.

But amid a storm of local protest, plans have been lodged in a bid to restore dispensing services in Balmullo.

The introduction to the NHS Fife survey states: “NHS Fife Board has received an application from Mr Raymond Kelly for a proposed pharmacy providing the full range of NHS Fife pharmaceutical services within [Pitcairn Practice].”

Questions include: “Do you feel a pharmacy in Balmullo is desirable?”; “Do you feel a pharamacy in Balmullo is needed?”; and “Do you feel your needs are currently met by pharmacies outwith Balmullo?”.

The survey can be filled in online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/HQWSZV9

DEADLINE

Paper copies are available in the Pitcairn surgery, and the deadline for completion is August 5.

Alan Kennedy, spokesman for the campaign group Save Our Dispensing Surgeries (SODS), urged all Pitcairn patients, wherever they live, to complete the survey.

Speaking when the public consultation was launched, Mr Kennedy said: “Not content with nearly three years of totally overwhelming patient support for dispensing in one form or another from the surgery, weary locals are being asked yet again to submit their views.

“This is despite packed village meetings, hundreds of e-mails and letters to NHS Fife all sending the message that patients of the practice wish to get their medicines in a one-stop service as they have done for many years until the GP dispensing ended in May this year.

“I know many local folk are sick and tired from telling NHS Fife that they want Balmullo dispensing services, but one last push is necessary to give the latest application a fair chance of the success it thoroughly deserves.”