The Right Medicine made a commitment to introduce schemes to allow patients to use the pharmacy of their choice as the first port of call for the treatment of common illnesses on the NHS. Following the completion of a service in two pilot areas the service was rolled out nationwide in July 2006. The service aims to:
Patients who are registered with a Scottish GP and who fulfil one of the following criteria
with the exception of people who are resident in a care home or are registered with a Scottish GP only as a temporary resident.
A pharmacist can provide advice, treatment or a referral to another health care professional according to the patients’ needs. The full specification for the service can be accessed on our MAS Specification page.
The provision of the service is supported by the ePharmacy programme. All community pharmacies are required to possess the necessary software functionality. A checklist of the requirements is available to download.