A LOCAL mother faces an agonising wait for blood test results, after her six year old child encountered a discarded hypodermic needle at Newburgh Beach.
The mother, who asked not to be named, said that the tests for Hepatitis B would take six months to be processed.
She said: “It was a very alarming incident, and we now face a very worrying six months before we can be sure that there is not a risk of infection.
“That is not an experience that I would like any other parent to have to endure, and I wanted to highlight the problem “I was not entirely happy with the response which I received on reporting the incident, and I have contacted Cllr Merson to seek his assistance.”
Ellon & District councillor Rob Merson confirmed: “I have been approached by a constituent whose child found a discarded syringe, and I commend her for her prompt and intelligent handling of the incident. I have been in contact with the Police and Council Environmental Services to request their consideration of the incident, and invite suggestions as to what might be done to reduce the occurrence of such a hazard,
“I have also met with a representative of the Education Service to find out what training is given to children on the dangers of discarded hypodermic needles, and to request that the issue be raised as a matter of priority.”