An MP said staff affected by the temporary closure of Peterhead Community Hospital should be utilized for the full opening of minor injuries units in Banff and Torref.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid wrote to the NHS Grampian asking if it would consider fully opening units in Banff and Tureff in a bid to relieve pressure on Fraserburgh Hospital which has to transport patients from Peterhead.
It comes after an update provided by the NHS Grampian today (Friday, 10 March) said it had no “exact timeline” for how long Peterhead Community Hospital would be closed after Legionella was found in its water supply.
As a result, the Board of Health moved the Minor Trauma and Offsite GMED Services to Fraserburg “for the time being”.
The Turriff and Banff minor injuries units partially opened last year after being closed since the lockdown began in early 2020.
They do not currently offer a 24/7 walk-in service and people with a minor injury can only attend if they are scheduled for a particular day after calling NHS24.
On Peterhead’s ongoing closure, Mr Duguid said: “It is concerning for the community to hear that there has been no set date for the reopening of Peterhead.
“The temporary loss of these vital services has a huge negative impact on the city, particularly those most vulnerable in our community.
“For the sake of the sick, it is imperative that the NHS Grampian address the water problem so that Peterhead Community Hospital can finally open again.”
Regarding the staff being employed at Turriff MIU, Mr Duguid said: “I am constantly told that Banff and Treff can’t operate at full capacity because they don’t have enough staff and that is why residents rightly wonder if these workers from Peterhead are being employed. these areas.
“Some patients said they live in fear because they cannot get to their local MIU due to staffing issues.
“These facilities provide a lifeline service to people in and around Banff and Treve, which is why it is essential that they return to full capacity, and I believe the staff in Peterhead can help make this happen, even if it is only temporary.”
A letter to Mr Duguid of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership said: “We do not yet have an exact timetable for how long the remedial works are likely to take in Peterhead and you can rest assured that our property colleagues are working very hard to complete, what is a huge undertaking, as quickly as possible.” what can”.
She added, “Anyone needing urgent care outside of business hours should call 111 where they will be directed to the most appropriate service nearest.”
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