Patients face medicine delays after flood causes ‘considerable damage’ at Aberdeen hospital

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary are facing a longer wait for medicines after a flood in the main concourse area.

NHS Grampian said a flood in the Yellow Zone (main concourse area) at ARI last night has caused “considerable damage” to the hospital dispensary.

The Aroma Cafe within the hospital has also suffered flood damage and will be closed until further notice.

A spokeswoman added: “This is impacting on the ability of pharmacy staff to dispense medicines.

“The management team was alerted to the flooding late last night. Our own staff, along with Scottish Fire and Rescue, worked hard to stop the water ingress and limit the damage. We are very grateful to them for all their efforts.

“The robots used to assist with medicine dispensing are out of commission at present.

“A smaller dispensary is operational at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital but it will not be able to match the capacity of the ARI dispensary.

“Unfortunately this will mean delays for patients in the coming days.

“However, we will continue to fill all prescriptions.

“It is important to stress that our main pharmacy stock holding area was unaffected and we still have access to a full range of medicines.

“We can only apologise to patients facing longer waits for their medicines and thank them in advance for their understanding.

“The Aroma cafe also suffered flood damage and will be closed until further notice.”