NHS Grampian said both Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin, Moray have now been forced to postpone and cancel non-urgent elective operations due to a sharp rise in Covid patients. Both trusts have also seen a rise in staff members needing to self-isolate due to the virus. NHS Grampian medical director Professor Nick Fluck said: “This is a dynamic situation, subject to change throughout each day.
“I can confirm that both Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Dr Gray’s Hospital have been at black status in recent days.
“Choosing to cancel procedures or appointments is never a decision we take lightly; however it is our only option if we are to relieve some of the pressure and allow staff to concentrate on the most urgent and emergency care.
“I know it is distressing for people to have procedures or appointments postponed, sometimes at very short notice. I apologise to anyone who has been affected by this.
“We will work to reschedule these, but we cannot offer any guarantees at present about when this might happen.
“If you are accessing any healthcare services, please be aware delays are likely.”
This comes as coronavirus cases, deaths and hospital admissions have begun to rise rapidly in Scotland.
According to the Scottish Government, 3,799 new cases were reported north of the border.
Since June 13, case levels have risen sharply and have exceeded 2,000 a day since June 21.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed the final easing of restrictions is not set in stone due to the rising case levels.
Scotland is due to proceed to level 0 on July 19 as England also lifts all restrictions.
She claimed lifting restrictions must be done in a reasonable and controlled manner due to the increasing case numbers.
Ms Sturgeon told the BBC: “We are looking at this very carefully.
“My biggest concern right now is that even though we are seeing a weakening of the link between cases and hospitalisations, if we have a high number of cases even a lower proportion of those cases ending up in hospital can put pressure on our NHS.”
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Author: Bill McLoughlin
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