Are Portree's long suffering NHS dental patients finally going to get something to smile about?
In recent years locals - and those from surrounding areas - have had no choice but to grin and bear it as the failure to retain dentists at the Public Dental Service Clinic at Sraid An Eorna led to difficulty getting appointments and latterly, for most, only being able to access treatment in emergencies.
Now though NHS Highland have announced that a thought to be substantial number of patents at the clinic, principally those not prioritised as having additional needs, are being transferred to a new new dental Practice from later this month.
In letter to those effected, NHS Highland's Clinical Dental Director, John Lyon said: "As of 13th March, 2017 your registration for NHS dental services will be transferred to Portree Dental Care, a new dental Practice which is opening in the same premises as the Portree Dental Clinic. Portree Dental Care will be run by dentist Mr Zahid Ahmad."
Already Mr Ahmad, an experienced dentist, is said to have relocated his family to Skye and will also be joined by two other dentists, Muhammad Anwar and Rana Osman.
Announcing their new service, Portree Dental Care say: "The Practice offers predominantly NHS General Dental Services. Our aim is ensuring affordable, accessible and quality routine dental care and emergency dental services for everyone in Portree and throughout the Isle of Skye.
"We have extended our opening hours to make it more convenient for all age groups. We have no post code restrictions to provide dental services."
In a move to further reassure those patients being transferred, NHS Scotland added: You will be entitled to all the same NHS treatments that you received with the Public Dental Service team and if you pay for your NHS treatment then the same charges will apply."