Military primary healthcare medical centres are
broadly similar to dispensing doctors practices in
the NHS, where the doctor in charge delegates
the dispensing function to a suitably trained
individual. However, only large medical centres
have retained their in-house dispensary.
The remaining, smaller medical centres have
outsourced the dispensing process to designated
community pharmacies under a Ministry of
Defence (MOD) contract. Community pharmacies
not covered by the contract will not routinely
handle military prescriptions.