Aberdeen Children’s Hospital has been forced to postpone “less urgent” operations and procedures as it deals with “significant pressures”.
Parents with serious concerns over their child’s health have been assured that they should still take them to hospital but have warned that visits “may take longer than expected” as staff prioritise the most sick patients.
NHS Grampian revealed the news on Friday and say it is a “last resort” as it asks for understanding.
A statement released on social media said: “You will be aware of the current pressure on the NHS. Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital is not immune from this.
“If you have serious concerns about your child’s health we still want to see you.
“Please be aware that RACH is experiencing significant pressure on staffing and beds, due to an unusually high number of referrals for the time of year. This means we are prioritising those children who are most sick.
“We are asking all families to be patient, as their visit to the hospital may take longer than expected – this applies to both appointments and unscheduled attendances.
“This also means some procedures or operations, whish are less urgent, have been, or could be, postponed. This is always a last resort for us, and we are asking for your understanding at this time.
“Any cancellations will be rescheduled for the earliest possible date.”