More than one in ten kids did not show up for a hospital appointment in a single week – and their parents did not call to cancel.
Figures released by NHS Grampian show that 670 children were scheduled to visit Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital last week, and 73 failed to show up, or cancel appointments.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary fared slightly better, with just 341, or 5%, of its patients failing to attend appointments.
Dr Gray’s in Elgin also saw a 5% no-show rate, with 81 patients unable to make appointments without alerting staff.
An NHS Grampian spokesman said: “Appointments left uncancelled result in wasted NHS resources, whether that is staff time, unfilled clinical appointments or a financial cost.”
He added: “Missed in-patient appointments can mean, for example, that valuable theatre time is lost.”