More than just payments.
Paying GPs (General Practitioners), dentists, opticians and pharmacists accurately and on time for the treatment they provide to the public is our main job. Last year, we paid over £2 billion to GPs, community pharmacies, dentists and opticians, but we also do a lot more than that.
We also help patients find a GP or dentist or register for new pharmacy services. We register and update patient information on the Community Health Index (CHI) database so that GPs can give patients the best care.
Our work in the pharmacy field supports the introduction of things like the Pharmacy Minor Ailment Service, enabling eligible patients to receive advice and medication directly from their pharmacist rather than having to make a GP appointment.
We also act as the agent of the Scottish Dental Practice Board which oversees the work of NHS dentists in Scotland. We pay dentists, approve treatment plans, and oversee the quality of dental care and treatment on its behalf.
Find out more about what we do at our website www.psd.scot.nhs.uk
Dental, Ophthalmic and ePharmacy Helplines:
David Knowles, Director
John MacEachen, External Communications Manager
1 South Gyle Crescent
T: 0131 275 6000
North Esplanade West
t - Medical: 01224 358400; Pharmacy: 01224 358300