A patient has slammed cuts to dermatology services at Hairmyres Hospital meaning he now has to get two buses to Monklands for appointments.

NHS Lanarkshire have confirmed resignations and retirements will leave them with just one available consultant as of September.

And that will see a temporary reduction in clinics at their Hairmyres and Wishaw hospitals, with a recruitment drive now underway.

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The patient, from East Kilbride, told Lanarkshire Live that dermatology clinics at Hairmyres were being scrapped and that he would have to travel to Monklands instead.

Wishing to remain anonymous, he said: "I’ve attended the skin clinic for at least 10 years - now all of a sudden I'll have to travel to Monklands.

"I’ve actually got an appointment for October and when I asked why, that’s when I was told.

"How can the elderly get to Monklands, which needs at least two buses to get to? And knowing people who have already attended, apparently you are there for hours.

"I cannot believe this hasn’t been communicated before now.

"Apparently all the consultants have resigned and I found this out when I asked why I was under a different doctor.

"A hospital appointment shouldn’t take up a full day with travelling time of up to two hours to get there.

"Patients’ needs must always come first. The elderly are already vulnerable, this will increase that."

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow MP, Dr Lisa Cameron, has also criticised cuts to the service in the town's acute hospital site.

She said she would raise the concerns directly with the health board's chief executive, calling it "unacceptable" that local services are being cut, "making them inaccessible for our vulnerable patients".

A spokeswoman for NHS Lanarkshire confirmed they now only had "one consultant available from September for our dermatology service".

She added: "However, we have an ongoing recruitment drive for further staff both locum and permanent staff.

"This has resulted in us having to temporarily reduce clinics at both Hairmyres and Wishaw hospitals to maximise the efficiency of the remaining staff we have within the service.

"We will run a small number of clinics at Hairmyres with nurse-led clinics continuing as normal on our three acute sites."

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