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Have your say on children's services at Dr Gray's

By Alistair Whitfield

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NHS Grampian wants the views of the Moray public on a plan to reduce the need for sick children to be transferred to Aberdeen.

The proposal would see the implementation of a 24-hour short-stay paediatric unit at Dr Gray's Hospital, which would be open seven days a week.

It would also see increased links developed with primary care facilities such as GP practices and health centres.

The three-month public consultation is set to start later in June.

An NHS spokesperson said: "The consultation will involve a wide range of public engagement sessions and events. We are now in the process of planning and scheduling these events which will be held in communities across Moray.

"We hope to be able to announce the first events within the next fortnight."

Dr Gray's in Elgin has struggled with staffing issues over recent years.

This was a factor last November in the controversial decision to move its children's ward to a different part of the building.

The move involved dumping thousands of pounds of child-friendly d├ęcor in a skip just 30 months after the Moray public paid for its purchase.

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