NHS Lothian suspends all non-urgent procedures over Thursday and Friday

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NHS Lothian has announced it is to cancel all routine and non-urgent procedures today and Friday in light of the severe weather.

Elective procedures and all hospital outpatient appointments have also been cancelled over the next two days, however community services are not affected.

The Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS nurses and midwives don't feel they have enough staff to do their jobs. Picture: Jane Barlow

The Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS nurses and midwives don't feel they have enough staff to do their jobs. Picture: Jane Barlow

Patients are encouraged to contact their local health centre or GP surgery to find out if their appointments have been cancelled.

A statement read: “We apologise to the patients affected by these cancellations and will contact them to arrange alternative appointments as soon as possible.”

“NHS Lothian is urging people who are unwell to use the NHS wisely and make full use of NHS 24, pharmacies and the self-help guides at www.nhsinform.scot to check symptoms.

“We would urge patients to use these services rather than attending an Emergency Department, which is for serious injuries and major emergencies only.

“Patients in need will always be seen but it is important that clinical services always be prioritised to those who most urgently require it.

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