Minor Injuries unit operational again

Kincardine Community Hospital
Kincardine Community Hospital

Kincardine Community Hospital’s minor injuries unit was forced to close last weekend due to lack of staff at the hospital.

The minor injuries unit was closed from 10pm on Saturday until 8am on Sunday.

The closure came from three unrelated incidents involving staff that forced the hospital to shut the minor injuries unit after it became apparent that no cover was available.

Patients were sent through to Aberdeen to have any injuries looked at.

The Kincardine Community Hospital in Stonehaven wasn’t the only hospital affected over the weekend as Peterhead Community Hospital and Chalmers Hospital in Banff were also forced to close at points over the weekend due to a lack of specially trained staff.

A spokesperson for NHS Grampian said: “The units closed as a consequence of three unrelated incidents involving staff.

“One member of staff was involved in a car accident on the way to work, the second had to take unexpected bereavement leave and the third was due to illness.

“These are not A&E departments.

“Minor injury units deal with conditions such as sprains, burns, and minor ailments.

“All other agencies, the ambulance service, G Med and NHS 24, were notified of the situation and report no increase in activity.

“Ward nurses would have assisted anyone who turned up seeking urgent medical attention.

“The eleven other units in Aberdeenshire and Moray operated as normal. All fourteen are now fully operational again.”

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