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20 March 2018

MSP & Fraserburgh Councillors Urge Residents to Make Their Views Known on Minor Injuries Units Consultation

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson is urging constituents to make their views known as part of a consultation on Minor Injuries Units at local hospitals across Aberdeenshire.
The review has been instigated by the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, a joint NHS Grampian/Aberdeenshire Council body and will take into consideration “location, demand, activity, practitioner competency and ongoing sustainability”.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“I know from feedback that our local NHS facilities are greatly valued by constituents. I understand the need for the authorities to review the services they provide from time to time and I appreciate the opportunity to put forward my views and those of my constituents.

“My concern would be that any diminution in the service provided at local Minor Injuries Units would lead to further demands on the ambulance service or, indeed, local GPs. Clearly, we have a number of villages at the moment where provision of a GP service is a major issue. In addition, I am keen that nothing is done which would increase the pressure on the local ambulance service, who may be called upon to step in if access to the Minor Injuries Units was curtailed.

“I will be making my views known to the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership and I urge constituents to do likewise.”

Fraserburgh & District SNP councillor Charles Buchan added:

"I have already received from my constituents many concerns about a possible closure of our Minor Injury Unit at Fraserburgh Hospital, often referred to as the Casualty Unit. The Fraserburgh unit is very well used and is essential to our district. As well as coping with injuries, it also serves for more serious trauma.

“Closure of the unit would be a big blow to the town and will mean that people in distress will lose the local skills available, and the convenience of emergency medical services at the Casualty Unit, forcing them to make considerably longer journeys to get help.

“I urge people to attend the public consultation meeting on Wednesday 21 March, at the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre from 3.00pm to 7.00pm, so that closure does not happen by default.”

Fraserburgh & District SNP councillor Brian Topping said:

“I would likewise encourage everyone to come along and make their views known. We’re fortunate in the Broch to have our own dedicated team of ambulance personnel and my concern would be that additional pressure will be placed on them by any reduction in service from the Minor Injuries Unit.”

An information event is being held at Fraserburgh Sports & Community Centre on 21 March between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

Further information can be obtained from Aberdeenshire Council on 03456 081203 or by e-mailing integration@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.
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