THE city’s health board has revealed that more than 500 Covid-19 patients are being treated in wards across Greater Glasgow.

Red, amber and green patient pathways in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde sites have been implemented to separate Covid and non-Covid patients and minimise the spread of the virus.

There are currently 20 red wards which are exclusively treating more than 500 patients with Covid-19.

The NHS say that staff are continuing to work extremely hard to look after these patients, while also maintaining a programme of elective surgery and ensuring emergency, trauma and cancer surgery continues as normal.

However, as numbers of Covid-19 hospitalisations continues, pressures have increased substantially across hospital sites.

Dr Scott Davidson, deputy medical director for acute services at NHSGGC, said: “Numbers are continuing to rise across Scotland and Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been the worst affected region in the country.

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"It is absolutely critical the public follows the guidelines to ensure that our staff are able to continue effectively managing and treating both Covid and non-Covid patients.

“During this time we are maintaining a programme of elective surgery but this also means that we are currently looking after more patients than ever before, so while the numbers of Covid-19 patients may not yet have reached March’s peak levels, there is as much pressure on our staff across services.

“We would like to remind the public of the current policies in relation to using health services, as minimising unnecessary footfall plays a huge role in preventing the spread of the virus, and allows our staff to focus on delivering the best care possible.”

The public is being asked to attend hospital appointments alone unless you fall into one of the specific support categories, and only use emergency departments in an emergency.

Community Assessment Centres are operating to provide support to those with Covid-19 symptoms, and community health practices and pharmacies are still available alongside out-of-hours services, which you can access by calling 111.