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Friday 24th March

Health officials have apologised to the family of a baby after they sent an air ambulance to the wrong Scottish island.  NHS Grampian dispatched the aircraft to a hospital in Shetland last Friday to pick up the patient, rather than in Orkney.  

An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: 

"NHS Grampian would like to apologise unreservedly to the family involved in this incident. We would also wish to apologise to our colleagues in the Scottish Ambulance Service."

Following an initial analysis of the timeline of last Friday's events it is clear that a member of NHS Grampian staff made an error during the process of arranging transport. This led to the Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft wrongly travelling to Shetland. We must stress that this is an extremely unusual incident. We have seen nothing to suggest this was anything other than an isolated mistake."

"We are continuing to investigate further and co-operating with the Scottish Ambulance Service. We are contacting the family involved to keep them updated and to offer to meet with them should they wish. ”


Police have confirmed that a substance discovered in a mystery package, which was sent to a pub in Keith, was not hazardous.  The envelope, posted from Lancashire, was delivered to the Crown Inn yesterday and also contained a note, which referenced Brexit and the Islamic State group.   It arrived in the post exactly 24 hours after the terror attack in London.  Police cordoned off the Reidhaven Square area of the Moray town last night but officers say there was no threat to the public's safety at any point.


A pensioner is due in court later after allegedly indecently exposing himself to women in Aberdeen’s Duthie Park.  The incident is said to have happened a week past Tuesday.  A 65 year old man has been charged and is expected to appear at the city’s Sheriff Court today.  Meanwhile, police say their inquiries are ongoing into a similar incident on the same night at Langdykes Avenue near Altens Industrial Estate, as well as another indecent exposure in Seaton Park a fortnight ago.


The Unite union has expressed anger over plans by Royal Bank of Scotland to cut even more branches in the country.  RBS will pull out of Banchory, Buckie, Forres, Stonehaven and Westhill later this year, with bosses saying it’s because more and more customers are carrying out transactions online.  The decision by the company comes after Clydesdale Bank revealed earlier this year it would be shutting a number of its branches. 


Although the number of teacher vacancies in the local area has reduced, Aberdeenshire Council is setting aside £350,000 to attract more classroom staff.  The local authority recently revealed that there are currently 48 posts needing filled, down from 87 in August.  It’s aiming to attract new blood in a recruitment campaign, which is being budgeted for next year. 


A consultation is underway into the possibility of replacing two Fraserburgh schools with a new modern facility.  The buildings which house St Andrews and North Primaries are deemed not fit for purpose and both are under capacity.  Aberdeenshire Council is inviting feedback from the public on three options, which include a merger.  An online survey will run until the end of March. You can participate here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/52K2ZHS or email your comments to learningestates@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.


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