Young arthritis patients face trip to central belt

By Alison Campsie

Published: 23/12/2013

Paediatric patients in the north-east are being forced to travel to Glasgow and Edinburgh for treatment after local services were reduced.

More than 130 young arthritis sufferers have been attending a special clinic at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, but the retirement of a specialist means families are now being forced to travel to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow – a round trip of almost 400 miles.

While some patients previously chose to travel to the central belt for acute treatment, the changes mean others are making the journey for the first time to receive vital drugs and care.

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