SEVERE weather affecting Scotland is having an impact on several NHS Lothian services.
Police have issued very strong advice that nobody should be travelling by vehicle or on foot from 2pm today.
As a result of that advice NHS Lothian is taking the following actions:
- Minimal safe staffing is in place at all of our facilities.
- We do not expect patients to turn up for their outpatient clinic appointments. Staff will still be in place for those who have already made their way there. Anybody who cannot make their appointment will not lose out.
- All Day Hospitals are sending patients home immediately with effective resources put in place to ensure their safety.
Dr Alison McCallum, director of Public Health and Health Policy for NHS Lothian, said: “These are extreme weather conditions and we have put in place our full business continuity plans to ensure essential services continue to operate.
“We are in constant contact with our colleagues in Lothian and Borders Police and the councils in Lothian to monitor the latest situation and will issue updates as required.”
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- Dr Alison McCallum is available for media interviews. Please contact the press office to arrange.
Issued: 8.12.11 at 13:40pm
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