NHS Golden Jubilee has taken the decision to scale down non-urgent outpatient appointments and planned procedures from today (Thursday 19 March 2020).
This follows the Scottish Government announcement that all non-urgent elective care has been postponed to free up capacity in hospitals for at least the next three months.
Jann Gardner, Chief Executive of NHS Golden Jubilee, said: “The safety of patients is always our top priority. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the latest Scottish Government advice, we will be prioritising our urgent and emergency heart and lung patients (including lung cancer procedures) as well as urgent diagnostic services.
“We are also working with Scottish Government and NHS colleagues on supporting other critical services for patients across the country.
“Unfortunately this means that NHS Golden Jubilee has now cancelled some non-urgent outpatient appointments and planned procedures from today. We will continue to monitor this position to make sure we fully utilise the resources we have, while planning how we can support urgent clinical needs.
“We apologise for the impact this will have on those waiting but ask for patient support and co-operation in these uncertain times.”