AN outbreak of Covid-19 caused a Largs GP surgery to reduce its services to the local area last week.

NHS Ayrshire have explained why people were unable to be seen after Largs GP surgery reached capacity due to 'staffing issues and absences'.

A statement released to the News after angry patients of Brooksby Health Centre complained.

Craig McArthur, NHS Health and Social Care Partnership Director, said: "Due to unforeseen staff shortages, including staff contracting Covid-19, Largs Medical Practice had to temporarily reduce services to patients from September 5 2022. The practice consolidated all available staff to provide medical services to those who need it most during this time.

"A text message was sent to all patients who have a mobile number registered with the practice to alert them of this and the practice website was also updated.

"We are sorry to hear about patients’ difficulty in contacting the surgery and appointment availability and can understand their frustration.

"All affected appointments were rescheduled safely to an alternative day and time.

"Due to the continuing impact of the pandemic, the practice is taking measures to minimise disruption to patients affected by this temporary change and returned to normal hours at the beginning of this week."