GP practices across the north-east are taking “sensible precautionary measures” to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
They have also been asked to make preparations for an expected peak in demand as the impact of the pandemic deepens.
A spokeswoman for the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership said: “Closing waiting rooms and triaging appointments so that many are taken over the phone are sensible precautionary measures.
“They will help prevent the spread of the virus and protect healthcare workers ahead of that expected peak demand on services.”
Some practices are asking patients with appointments to wait in their cars or outside until they are ready to be seen.
Every practice that is doing this will give patients guidance as to what will be expected of them.
Chairman of the Buchan Area Committee, councillor Norman Reid, is encouraging people “not to panic”.
He said: “I’d advise people not to panic. It’s important to be careful and ensure the advice we’ve been given is adhered to.
The spokeswoman for the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership added: “Each and everyone of us has a part to play in how we respond to coronavirus.
“Please follow the guidance made available on NHS Inform as it is updated regularly.”