NHS Grampian have admitted that there is an ongoing problem with a 50-year-old lift at Fraserburgh Hospital which keeps breaking down.
Fraserburgh and District Councillor Ian Tait had written to the Chief Executive Malcolm Wright to raise his concerns over the lift in the Philorth Ward of the hospital which was most recently out of action on September 14 and 15.
The lift was fixed on the evening of September 15 but Cllr Tait has said that thae age of the lift and the problems it brings is an ongoing concern for his constituents.
Cllr Tait said: “It is obviously of considerable importance because my constituents are most certainly being subjected to a great deal of inconvenience and I should imagine some pain as well.
“The lift must be put back into good working order to stop all these breakdowns and if this is not possible then a new lift must be installed.”
NHS Grampian have now admitted that there is an issue in relation to the lift due to its age but believe replacing it might provide some financial difficulties.
They did however point out that they have recently installed a stair lift to try and alleviate the problem.
A spokesperson for NHS Grampian said: “The lift was installed almost 50 years ago and there have been other occasions when the lift has been out of order over the last few months.
“On each occasion, the contractor has responded swiftly to carry out the repairs however, due to the age of the lift, replacement parts can be difficult to source.”
The spokesperson continued: “We are grateful to patients for their cooperation and understanding and have recently obtained a stair lift that will offer an alternative for patients, relatives and staff as a contingency.
“We are also exploring options to find a more permanent solution.
“Initial indications are that the replacement of the lift itself is likely to have a significant cost attached to it and would require the identification of funding which needs to be considered alongside other competing priorities.”
However Mr Tait believes that a new lift may be the only course of action ans has made this known to the chief executive.
Mr Tait said: “What happens if a patient cannot use the stairlift.”
“The CEO concedes that due to the age of the lift there are going to be on-going problems with it.
“It clearly needs replacing and I have communicated my view to the chief executive that a new lift is needed.”