NHS Lanarkshire has taken the decision to cancel non-urgent outpatient appointments and planned procedures at acute sites from today (Wednesday 18 March).
This follows yesterday’s Scottish government announcement (https://www.gov.scot/news/nhs-scotland-placed-on-emergency-footing/) that all non-urgent elective care has been postponed to free up capacity in hospitals for at least the next three months.
Judith Park, NHS Lanarkshire acting director of acute services, said: “The safety of our patients is always our top priority. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the latest Scottish government advice, we have taken the decision to cancel non-urgent outpatient appointments and planned procedures from today at all our acute sites.
“The decision to cancel any appointment is not one that we take lightly and I apologise for the impact this will have on patients. Most patients will receive a text message confirming the cancellation of their appointment.
“A small number of appointments will still go ahead as scheduled. Appointments will be prioritised based on clinical need and those patients who are deemed clinically urgent will be rebooked. Patients will receive a letter, text message or voice message giving details of their new appointment.”
Maternity and neonatal clinics will continue as normal in the meantime.
Patients with any concerns can contact our dedicated helpline number 0300 303 0446.
All patients should consider the latest Scottish government advice, including staying at home if they have symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19 or they live with someone that has symptoms.
For the latest health advice, see NHS Inform’s coronavirus page:https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. A free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice on: 0800 028 2816.