Fire crews have been called to deal with false alarms at NHS Grampian facilities almost 300 times in the last five years.
New figures released by NHS Grampian under the Freedom of Information act show the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been called to 288 “unwanted” calls relating to facilities run by the health board since 2011.
The majority of the calls were to acute NHS Grampian facilities involving emergency and outpatient care, where crews attended 128 false alarms.
The service was also called to 63 alarms at facilities relating to health and social care services in Aberdeen, 50 in Aberdeenshire, and four in Moray.
A total of 34 false alarms were raised at NHS Grampian’s mental health and learning disabilities facilities with a further nine at estates and facilities.
The health board said the majority of the call-outs are as a result of patients setting off the alarms due to their condition, or by a mistake caused by members of the public.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “NHS Grampian can advise that we have never been charged for an unwanted fire alarm signal.
“NHS Grampian works closely with our partner agency, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, in assessing each unwanted fire alarm that takes place within NHS Grampian.
“This is done through the sharing of information detailing Scottish Fire and Rescue Service experience and through NHS Grampian investigations.
“This close working with our partner organisation has resulted in a common understanding of reasons behind unwanted fire alarms and a common approach to their reduction.”
The spokeswoman added a bulk of the alarms are mistakenly set-off.
She said: “The vast majority of our unwanted fire alarms are as a result of inadvertent setting off of fire alarm points by patients due to their condition or by mistake by members of the public.”