July 10, 2020

NHS Ayrshire and Arran (NHSAA) has confirmed preparations are underway to resume hospital visits. 

This is in line with SNP Government guidance published on 30 June and describes a staged approach to restarting visiting as we continue to work hard to protect patients, staff and visitors from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The key changes are as follows:


June 29, 2020

Cervical Cancer screening and some NHS Scotland national screening programmes which were paused in March because of coronavirus are set to resume safely, carefully and in a series of stages.

As of Monday 29 June, anyone who had been invited for cervical screening before the pause and was yet to make an appointment or had their appointment cancell...

June 23, 2020

Dental practices across North Ayrshire and Scotland were able to resume seeing NHS patients in need of urgent care as of Monday 22 June.

Dentists have received guidance and Personal Protection Equipment to enable them to provide urgent treatments that do not create an aerosol, under the NHS Scotland remobilisation plan.

This work will be aligned t...

June 12, 2020

NHS Ayrshire & Arran (NHSAA) has received approval from the SNP Government on its Outline Business Case (OBC) for a new national facility for young people at Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine.

The document details plans for the new facility and approval allows the project team to continue onto the next stage of finalising the Full Business Case (...

April 28, 2020

New measures have been introduced to help patients with emergency eye problems, reducing the need for them to attend hospital during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Backed by up to £3 million of SNP Government funding, Emergency Eyecare Treatment Centres have been established in all health board areas.

The NHS Ayrshire and Arran facility has...

April 17, 2020

Commenting on Scotland’s childhood immunisation figures, Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick MSP reminded all parents and carers of the importance of continuing to have their children vaccinated during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. He said:

“I am pleased that childhood immunisation rates across Scotland remain very high, reflecting both...

April 8, 2020

Additional funding of £5.5 million will be provided to community pharmacies to help them cope with increased pressures from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Pharmacy workloads almost doubled during March, with increased prescriptions, staff overtime and a higher level of consultations all resulting in additional costs for the service.

The additional fundin...

March 31, 2020

The SNP Government has allocated an additional £15 million of funding to GP practices across Scotland specifically to help them cope with extra pressures arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Around a third of the funding is intended to allow practices to remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday if it is safe to do so, helping to alleviate pre...

March 27, 2020

Action has been taken to bring an additional 1.5 million protective respirators, also known as Filtering Face Pieces (FFPs) into use across Scotland.

The tightly-fitting face masks provide a high level of protection for staff working with coronavirus patients. They were not previously used because they had passed their expiry date. However, scien...

March 24, 2020

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP has announced that community pharmacists across Scotland will perform an enhanced role during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Pharmacists will be able to support more patients, reducing the pressure on other parts of NHS Scotland through the extension of the Minor Ailment Service. 

The SNP Governm...

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