§ Mr. Home Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what instructions have been given to the Scottish ambulance service about the availability of casualty facilities at Roodlands hospital in Haddington; and if he will make a further statement on the arrangements being made by Lothian health board for accident and emergency services in the Haddington area.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 26 November 1990): Lothian health board has asked the chief area 484W ambulance officer for Lothian, Fife and the Borders to operate a policy that ambulances carrying trauma cases in East Lothian are directed to Edinburgh royal infirmary. The board recommends that this should apply to any patient requiring an overnight stay and/or operative intervention.
The health board intends to introduce a treatment service to ensure that minor injuries can continue to be dealt with locally. The board is actively exploring the ways in which this can be achieved.