Concern at Aberdeen's Woodend Hospital ward closure
A health union has expressed concerns over a decision by NHS Grampian to close a ward at an Aberdeen hospital.
BBC Scotland can reveal ward six at Woodend Hospital is closing and Unison fears it could be the beginning of a reduction in front-line services.
The board is trying to implement millions of pounds of savings.
NHS Grampian said it was streamlining its services at Woodend according to demand and staff would be placed elsewhere.
Woodend Hospital provides mainly rehabilitation services and care for elderly patients.
NHS Grampian confirmed that 10 of the beds within ward six were being transferred to other wards while the remaining 14 would no longer be used.
It is what is described as an intermediate assessment ward.
Laura MacDonald, of Unison, told BBC Scotland: "Unison is really quite concerned that this may be a process which will see a reduction in front-line staff in future.
"We are concerned for our members."
NHS Grampian said patients now move through the system there more quickly and efficiently.
It said it allows them to have more appropriate care, sometimes in hospital but often at home.