NHS Western Isles have now received a formal application for a dispensing Pharmacy on Benbecula.
The proposal has caused concern in the local community about the effect it could have on local GP practices who currently undertake all dispensing.
The health board will now conduct a 60 day consultation period for those affected by the application and following that an oral hearing will be held by the Pharmacy Practices Committee (PPC) to determine the outcome.
A spokesperson for NHS Western Isles said: “Having now received a formal application, the Board will carry out its own public consultation with the local communities over a period of 60 days. We will ensure that our consultation is widely advertised to enable as many people as possible to comment on the proposals.”