Public meeting on Collydean pharmacy plans

Collydean Local store where the pharmacy is proposed
Collydean Local store where the pharmacy is proposed

Residents in Collydean and the surrounding areas are being encouraged to attend a public meeting this week to discuss plans for a new pharmacy.

A consultation process is underway, prior to an application being lodged with NHS Fife for a pharmacy service to be provided from the Collydean Local store in Piper Drive.

The plans have attracted a variety of opinions from people in the area since notice of the process was posted on the North Glenrothes Community Council’s Facebook.

Comments range from people saying they don’t want a pharmacy which will offer a methadone self-administration service operating within a shop where children go to buy sweets, to others welcoming it as a much needed local facility.

The special public meeting has been organised by the community council to give the two pharmacists behind the plans, Umar Razzaq and Kenneth Brown, the chance to present their proposals to the local community and give residents the chance to ask any questions they may have.

It will take place on Thursday at 7pm in Christ’s Kirk, Pitcoudie, and Ron Page, chairman of the community council said he hopes as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come along to find out more about the plans.

“I would urge all those who are interested in this application to come along and ask any questions they may have and hear what the plans will involve,” he said.

“We did the same at our last meeting for the Cadham pharmacy where they came along and told us about the plans they have for the future.

“We are simply providing the platform for this public meeting so that both the local residents and the pharmacists can have their say.

“There have been a lot of mixed views, but that is good, and we are hoping that many of those who have been commenting on Facebook will come along to air their views and listen to what is being said.”

In the application to NHS Fife, the applicants Mr Razzaq and Mr Brown outline the various services they would offer, including acute medication; minor ailments; public health, including smoking cessation and sexual health services; supervised self-administration of methadone and buprenorphine and disposal of unwanted medicines.

Its opening hours are proposed for Monday-Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm, and it would provide a service for the Collydean, Whinneyknowe, Balgeddie, Pitcairn and Coull areas.

NHS Fife said public consultation was taking place to determine whether there was a need for more pharmaceutical services in the neighbourhood and what the level of support there is among residents for such a service within the neighbourhood. It will run until September 16.

An application to NHS Fife for a similar service for the Pitcairn area several years ago was turned down by the NHS National Appeals Panel.