NHS Grampian

New website and phoneline for support

A new website and phoneline for people across Grampian about how to access support on coronavirus has been launched.

The new Assistance Hub pulls together links to the latest advice from sources such as local authorities as well as community information.

It is for anyone in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, with information for residents and businesses.

The website is www.GCAH.org.uk or call 0808 196 3384 (08:00-20:00 seven days a week).

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Royal tests branded 'shocking' and 'wrong'

Laura Goodwin

BBC Scotland reporter

Camilla and Prince Charles
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The decision to test Prince Charles and Camilla for coronavirus while some key NHS staff cannot work due to lack of access to tests has been branded “shocking” and “wrong”.

A woman living in the same household as a frontline clinician at NHS Grampian who are both self isolating said tests had to be prioritised to get staff back to work if their results are negative.

She told BBC Scotland News: "We need people with experience and expertise and we need as many people as possible.

“What we can’t have is a situation where staff are at home for 14 days in isolation and they may be negative."

An NHS spokesperson said testing for symptomatic household members of key staff was "being rolled out now". Critical staff are also eligible for testing in certain cirucumstances.

A statement added: "We appreciate this process has taken longer to put into practice than we would have liked, but it needed to be absolutely fit for widespread demand and risk prioritised."

Free street parking permits for some hospital staff

Some staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary are to get free temporary on-street permits to ensure they can get parked during coronavirus efforts.

Aberdeen City Council said it was handing 200 permits to NHS Grampian.

Usually the on-street parking permits are only for local residents as the hospital has dedicated staff parking.

Health board needs 'hundreds' of volunteers

Hundreds of volunteers could be needed to maintain services during a staffing crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak, NHS Grampian has said.

The health board expects the impact of the virus itself on the workforce, coupled with the challenge of childcare with the closure of schools, will impact on staffing.

An appeal is being made for retired healthcare workers and nursing students to come forward.

Help with logistics is also needed. This would involve areas such as transport and deliveries.

NHS Grampian's nurse director Dr Caroline Hiscox said the range of roles could be "huge" and anticipated they would need "hundreds" of people.

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Hospital visitor times restricted

NHS Grampian says it is restricting visiting times at its hospitals.

The health board says the move is to protect patients, relatives and staff.

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