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Minor injury units in Moray closed to help slow spread of coronavirus

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Three minor injury units in Moray have been closed in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The facilities at Seafield Hospital in Buckie, the Turner Hospital in Keith and the Stephen Hospital in Dufftown have been shut temporarily.

Health and Social Care Moray says that closing the walk-in services will reduce the risk of infection by minimising patient movements across services.

The move is also expected to help prioritise other demands that have been put on staff who are responding to the virus outbreak.

The emergency department at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin and the unit at the Jubilee Hospital in Huntly will remain open as normal for patients requiring treatment for minor injuries.

The authority, which is a NHS and Moray Council partnership, says the temporary closures will regularly reviewed by management.

A Health and Social Care Moray spokeswoman said: “We acknowledge that this may mean more travel for some people.

“Reducing the footfall through community hospitals will, however, lower the risk of infection and help us maintain these services safely while ensuring we can also respond to any increased demand that may occur in the hospitals or other local services.”

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