A GP surgery in Aberdeenshire has announced it is moving to an appointment-only service during the coronavirus outbreak.
Auchenblae Medical Practice confirmed on its Facebook page that it would no longer be operating an open surgery for a temporary period.
In the post, the surgery said: “We have made the decision that the open surgery will cease with immediate effect. Please be advised this is a temporary measure and not a permanent change.
“This decision has been supported by Health Protection Scotland as a reasonable precautionary step to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the virus within the community.
We have made the decision that the open surgery will cease with immediate effect.”
“Until further notice as an alternative we will be running an appointment only system in the morning to accommodate patients who require a same day appointment.”
The post added: “There may be times throughout the day when the door to the Surgery is locked and to gain access please ring the doorbell.”
“We realise this may present an inconvenience, but we hope you understand that this decision has been taken in the patients best interest.”
Earlier today it was confirmed that two new coronavirus cases had been confirmed in Scotland, one in the Grampian area and another in Ayrshire.
It brings the total in Scotland to three, but more are expected over the coming days.