Healthy Start vitamins in Scotland

In Scotland Healthy Start vitamins are distributed via most community pharmacies and dispensing practices, as well as some midwives and health visitors.

You can find a list of distribution points for Healthy Start vitamins in Scotland, click here.

Ordering Healthy Start vitamin supplements

Vitamins are available to order from TPS Scotland, as well as pharmacy wholesalers, AAH Pharmaceuticals, Alliance Healthcare and Phoenix Medical Supplies.

Reclaiming the cost of vitamin supplements issued free to Healthy Start beneficiaries

Community Pharmacy Contractors and Dispensing Practices claiming reimbursement for vitamins should do this by submitting a CPUS form, which should be completed and returned to PSD with normal prescription returns.

Health boards issuing Healthy Start vitamins to beneficiaries only should record the number of bottles issued on a Healthy Start Vitamin Reimbursement Form and send it to Kenny.gilchrist@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. Forms are issued to contacts on a monthly basis for completion.

Selling Vitamins

Health Boards can sell them to non-beneficiaries for the following prices (which are inclusive of VAT):

Children drops: £2.31 per bottle

Women’s tablets: £1.14 per bottle

The regulations allowing this in Scotland are the National Health Service (Supply of Goods at Clinics etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 1976. (Note: the Provision of Healthy Start vitamins in Scotland is unaffected by the changes to the reorganisation of the health service in England. As a result, the Sale of Goods for Mothers and Children (Designation and Charging) Regulations 1976 continue to apply in Scotland. The Local Health Boards are therefore able to continue to sell the Healthy Start vitamins to those outside of the Healthy Start Scheme in Scotland.)

Community Pharmacies may also sell Healthy Start vitamins to non beneficiaries. However this is not covered by regulation and therefore Community Pharmacies can determine the selling price. However they will be aware that Health Boards can sell at the prices given above.

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