The future of nine North-east health centres is set to be resolved in the coming weeks after a public consultation ends.
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership is considering a shake-up of the area’s nine minor injury units after it emerged only five patients visited one unit in a month.
One concern is that staff at some of the units are not seeing patients often enough to retain their expertise.
There have been seven public consultation events this month and the last two were due to take place today.
Those drop-in sessions were due to be at Fraserburgh Sports Centre from 3pm to 7pm and at Turriff Baden Powell Centre from 3.30pm to 7pm.
The nine units where changes could be made are Aboyne Hospital, Chalmers Hospital in Banff, Fraserburgh Hospital, Insch War Memorial Hospital, Inverurie Hospital, Jubilee Hospital in Huntly, Kincardine Community Hospital in Stonehaven, Peterhead Community Hospital and Turriff Hospital.
An Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership spokeswoman said: “We have had a terrific response so far and we really are keen to get feedback from as many people as we can.
“Once we have collated all of information, a report will be sent to Aberdeenshire’s Integration Joint Board with recommendations. The board will then agree the next steps. Thereafter, there will be an implementation plan produced.”
The partnership has said changes could be implemented in April, but the board’s next meeting is yet to be arranged.
The board’s chairwoman Ann Stirling said: “I urge everyone with an interest in the minor injury unit in their area to go along to the sessions. We are hoping to be able to get as much feedback from members of the public as possible.”
Visit bit.ly/2GafLla to contribute to the consultation by the end of Friday.