TESTS for a range of cancers have been paused as the NHS in Scotland concentrates on preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

It means that the disease could go undetected for longer as screening for breast, cervical and bowel cancers have been "temporarily paused" in Fife and across the country.

As a result of Covid-19, physiotherapy services for women suffering pregnancy related pains in the Kingdom have also been cancelled.

As well as cancer tests, screening tests for abdominal aortic anuerysms (ultrasound of the abdomen) and diabetic retinopathy (eye) screening will also not go ahead.

A short statement from NHS Fife said: "Due to the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19 the Scottish Government is to temporarily pause a number of screening programmes."

All inpatient and outpatient antenatal and postnatal physiotherapy services have also been cancelled.

NHS Fife said: "If you are affected by pregnancy related pain or are unsure what to do to help recovery after birth, please use the resources available on the maternity app.

"If you need advice after a Caesarean section, please watch the video at: https://youtu.be/RegkvnIzA3A