Frontline health workers have urged members of the public to “be responsible” to help reduce hospital admissions over Easter.
Medics made the plea with hospitals in the region still facing extra pressure due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Last weekend was particularly challenging for staff at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Emergency Department with a surge in people needed treated and medics are keen to avoid a repeat this weekend with lockdown rules easing.
The ‘stay at home’ rule was relaxed yesterday.
‘Have fun but please take care’
Consultant Louise McCulloch said: “Go outside, see your friends, have fun as far the rules allow, enjoy this step towards some normality, but please take care.
“In the hospital the number of Covid-19 patients has dropped to quite low levels – which is excellent progress. However, we still have less capacity due to guidelines, which are in place to keep patients and staff safe as we make efforts to get to patients waiting for procedures as quickly as we can – avoidable admissions impact our ability to do that.
“With lockdown easing…