Clinic checks for babies and young children across the North-east are to be scrapped, in favour of home visits by a health visitor.
NHS Grampian has revealed drop-in clinics will now be “phased out” and replaced by a series of mandatory visits from a health visitor, from birth until the child begins school.
But parents have hit out at the decision, with more than 500 people now backing a petition to keep their monthly drop-in at Peterhead Health Centre.
Mum-of-two, Samantha Campbell, 31, set up the online petition.
She said: “I was amazed to see as many as 500 people had signed up in less than a day.
“But it shows how important the Peterhead drop-in is to people.”
Samantha said her drop-in used to run weekly, but was then reduced to monthly.
She said: “It’s the last Thursday of each month, and in my experience the sessions are always really busy and well attended.
“Now we turn up and see a sign saying this Thursday is the last one.
“The health visitors working at the clinic all seem surprised at the news too.”