Ruth Maguire MSP has welcomed news that NHS Scotland will begin to resume services which have been suspended, delayed or deferred due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have begun preparations to gradually resume elective procedures while continuing to protect urgent, emergency and maternity care.

Over the coming weeks, limited clinical procedures will resume with initial priority being given to cancer surgery, cardiac procedures and investigations and endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures.

Clinically urgent and time-sensitive procedures across all surgical specialities will also be given priority as services are gradually resumed.

Health Boards across Scotland will follow national and local clinical advice to safely and gradually prioritise the resumption of some paused services laid out in ‘Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland’.

The SNP MSP said: “The gradual resumption of certain clinical services will be a relief to many residents in North Ayrshire who have found themselves in a position where they have not been able to receive medical treatment due to the disruption to NHS services.

“NHS Ayrshire and Arran, and indeed all Heath Boards across Scotland have faced a momentous challenge in having to reorganise services over a matter of weeks to ensure that the NHS has not been overwhelmed. My thanks go to all the staff at NHS Ayrshire and Arran for all their hard work throughout this crisis.”

“I’d like to once again thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. I would also encourage people to continue to refer to advice on the NHS Inform website and contact their GP with any urgent health concerns.”

Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland

NHS Ayrshire and Arran update.

Services that are expected to be considered for resumption during Phase 1 are detailed here.