One in 10 Scottish practices dispenses

By Ailsa Colquhoun, 14th of May 2014


Practice statistics for Scotland reveal further decline in the number of Scottish dispensing practices.

At April 1st, 2014, there were 104 dispensing practices in Scotland, three (2.8%) fewer than in 2013 and 12 fewer (10%) than in 2012. In total these practices dispensed to 129,133 patients, which represents a decline of 3,912 dispensing patients (or 2.9% of the total dispensing population) compared to 2013.

Together these dispensing practices account for 10% of all Scottish GP surgeries. With a total of 228,274 registered patients, they also serve 4% of all Scotland’s registered patients.

Most dispensing practices in Scotland are based in Argyll & Bute (28), followed by the Highlands (23) and Dumfries & Galloway (13).

Matthew Isom, DDA CEO said, “These figures demonstrate the urgent need to resolve the problems with control of entry in Scotland. This is not just about the loss of dispensing services, but rural general practice as well.  There seems to be a worrying level of complacency, which must be redressed.”