Scottish Pharmacy First postponed and MAS eligibility extended


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officier for Scotland Rose Marie Parr has written to all those with an interest in community pharmacy in Scotland to confirm that the NHS Pharmacy First service will be postponed and to confirm that the Scottish minor ailment service (MAS) is now open to all Scottish residents with a few exceptions.


The communication below amends who is an “eligible person” for MAS to anyone who is registered with a GP practice in Scotland on a permanent basis or who is registered with Defence Medical Services, is the medical services of the air force, army and navy of the United Kingdom.


Other eligibility requirements based on age, medical exemptions and income-related benefits are now removed by this amendment. It should be noted that residents of care homes and people who are registered with a GP practice on a
temporary basis are not eligible for MAS.


The NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service was due to go live on 22 April 2020. Due to the current pressures on pharmacy teams responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport has decided to postpone the launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland until pharmacy teams have the capacity to deliver the new service as fully intended.


Full details for the circular from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland below. 


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