NHS 'disruption' on Queen's funeral but services to continue

The Scottish Government has confirmed most services are expected to continue as planned but delays are likely.

NHS Scotland services to continue during Queen’s funeral but government warns of some disruption SNS Group

Disruption is expected across some NHS services in Scotland on Monday as the country marks the Queen’s funeral.

The Scottish Government have confirmed that planning for the funeral has been issued to health boards in order to ensure essential services continue as normal.

However, some disruption is expected as NHS staff make arrangements to pay respects to the Queen.

In a statement, the Scottish Government confirmed that interruptions to health services will be minimised but urged patients to visit their local NHS website for more detail.

Services including pre-planned treatments and winter vaccination programmes are expected to continue as normal.

It comes as several NHS trusts across England, including Bedfordshire hospitals and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals have confirmed that non-urgent appointments and procedures will be postponed with reduced services running.

A Scottish Government spokesperson told STV News: “Health boards have been given guidance to support their planning for the public holiday for the funeral which underlines the importance of essential healthcare services continuing. This includes pre-planned treatments, and the winter vaccination programme.

“Many NHS staff and patients will understandably wish to pay appropriate tribute to Her Majesty The Queen and watch the State Funeral on Monday. This will inevitably lead to disruption of some services, although this will be minimised as much as possible. 

“Patients should visit their local NHS website for further details.”

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