The Pharmacy Directorate is responsible for delivering integrated, equitable and accessible pharmaceutical care that meets the needs of patients, service users and healthcare providers. The Directorate is particularly noted for its needs-based, patient-centred approach to pharmaceutical care, provided in partnership with patients, staff, the public and other health and social care providers.

The Directorate plays a significant role in the governance of medicines and work closely with the Medical and Nurse Directorates and clinical colleagues to improve safety where medicines are used. The Directorate also supports the financial management of the £100 million budget for prescribed medicines within NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

The Directorate is recognised both locally and nationally for its innovation. The pharmacy at University Hospital Crosshouse was the first in Scotland to introduce robotic dispensing, and University Hospital Ayr remains the only Scottish site to have deployed electronic prescribing and administration in the hospital environment. Within community pharmacy NHS Ayrshire & Arran led national work around the minor ailments service now part of the core contract for community pharmacy.

Community pharmacies open evening and weekends