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The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

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Supply of drugs and appliances to out-patients

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5.—(1) Except as provided for in paragraph (2), a Health Board which supplies an out-patient attending hospital with appliances or drugs (to be administered outwith the hospital), shall make and recover from the out-patient–

(a)in respect of the supply of an item of elastic hosiery, a charge of £5.00, that is to say a charge of £10.00 per pair;

(b)in respect of the supply of a pair of tights, a charge of £10.00; and

(c)in respect of the supply of each other appliance and each quantity of a drug, a charge of £5.00.

(2) A Health Board which supplies an out-patient attending hospital with appliances or drugs as described in paragraph (1) shall not make or recover any charge as specified in paragraph (1) where the out-patient or a person on the out-patient’s behalf declares that the out-patient is entitled to exemption.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation, where a quantity of a drug supplied by a hospital against an order on one Scottish prescription form is to be supplied by instalments during a period of not more than 14 days, only one charge shall be payable and it shall be payable on supply of the first instalment.

(4) A Health Board which makes and recovers a charge under paragraph (1) shall, if required by the patient, give the patient a receipt for the amount paid, on a form provided for the purpose by the Health Board, which contains forms of declaration in support of an application for a refund.

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