Data has revealed that a number of NHS Ayrshire and Arran buildings have collapse-risk concrete present in them.

Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac) is suspected to be present in 254 NHS buildings, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

The presence of the potentially dangerous concrete prompted hundreds of schools in England to close earlier this month.

Now, an NHS Scotland Assure report shows that 10 NHS Ayrshire and Arran buildings are affected by the concrete.

Despite these findings, patients and staff will not be at risk despite the presence of collapse-risk concrete, Deputy First Minister Shona Robison has said.

Irvine Times: Scotland's deputy First Minister Shona Robison speaks during First Minster's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in HolyroodScotland's deputy First Minister Shona Robison speaks during First Minster's Questions at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood (Image: PA)

The report found that Grampian health board was the most affected, with 54 buildings impacted, while there are 44 in Greater Glasgow.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, September 21, Ms Robison – who is standing in for Humza Yousaf while he attends Climate Week in New York – gave assurances of safety to staff and patients accessing the buildings.

She said the appropriate measures and risk assessments are taking place, following advice from the Institute of Structural Engineers.

“No patients and no staff will be left in any dangerous building anywhere – and we shouldn’t suggest that because that worries people,” she said.

Investigations are also continuing into the presence of Raac in schools and universities.

The Deputy First Minister was responding to a question from Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton, who urged Ms Robison to “vouch for the safety of everyone going for surgery, every cancer patient and every newborn currently receiving care in a ward where this concrete is suspected to be present”.

Ms Robison added: “It is important that we give assurance to the public that all of these matters are absolutely in hand and that the guidance from the Institute of Structural Engineers is being followed.

“Hopefully, that is something that Alex Cole-Hamilton can join us in giving that reassuring message.”

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has been approached for comment.