MIU units closed to admissions in Insch, Turriff and Banff
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership (AHSCP) has closed access to several Minor Injury Units with immediate effect.
In statement AHSCP said; "Across Aberdeenshire there will be changes to the way our Community Hospitals operate during our response to COVID-19 and following the announcements from the Prime Minister and First Minister.
"From today (Tuesday) we are restricting all visiting to our Community Hospitals to only those agreed in advance by the Senior Charge Nurse.
"All of our Minor Injury Units across Aberdeenshire except for our three largest units at Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Huntly will close with immediate effect.
"Also from today, all of our Care Homes, Very Sheltered Housing complexes and Supported Living Accommodation will be closed to visitors unless agreed with the relevant manager in advance.
"Families can still deliver packages/gifts to loved ones but will need to contact the home directly to find out what local drop off arrangements are.
"All non-urgent AHP (Allied Health Professionals) appointments have been suspended with support being provided by telephone where required. "All affected patients will be contacted directly (Occupational Health, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians).
She continued: "Our Primary Care Teams (GP practices) are extremely busy at the moment and they are triaging all appointment requests and have suspend non-urgent services and appointments.
"Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms must call 111 and not their GP. Anyone with symptoms should not attend their GP Practice unless told to do so.
"It is vitally important that children continue to receive any immunisations they are due to have.
"Parents and carers will be contacted directly with information and appointments.
"Our Health Visiting Teams are prioritising essential visits and will be offering telephone appointments to those that urgently require them from now, where appropriate, to ensure that support is available.
"Our community nursing teams are prioritising their workload and focusing on urgent and essential contacts only.
"This will continue to develop over the coming days and weeks.