Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



NHS Grampian has offered assurances to MSPs that it is working hard to contact families in Moray affected by an error that saw 5 to 11 year olds receive vaccine appointments in Aberdeen. 

Mr Lochhead raised concerns with Health and Social Care Moray after parents had contacted his office to express frustration at being allocated an appointment for their child in Aberdeen and not in Moray.

NHS Grampian has confirmed that a significant number of people in Moray were affected and has offered assurances that it is working hard to contact families to offer new appointments in Moray. Parents can also call the number in the appointment letter to rearrange.

Commenting Richard Lochhead said:

“A number of parents contacted my office this week to express frustration at having been given an Aberdeen appointment for their child’s covid vaccination, rather than being booked into the Fiona Elcock Centre in Elgin.

“I raised this urgently with the Chief Officer at Health and Social Care Moray earlier and I understand that NHS Grampian have been investigating what when wrong.

“I’m told a significant number of patients were affected by this error and that the health board are working hard to contact those affected.

“While these errors do happen, it is an issue as clearly it could prevent someone from taking up the offer of a vaccination. I’d urge any families in Moray that have received an Aberdeen appointment to call the helpline to get their child’s appointment rescheduled to a more convenient vaccination centre.

“If anyone experiences any difficulties in getting their child’s appointment changed they should feel free to contact my office and I would be happy to assist.”