The Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre at Portree Hospital on Skye is to be temporarily suspended for one day and the Out of Hours service for the following three days next week because of continuing staffing problems.

NHS Highland stated: "Normally the MIU/Urgent Care Centre operates from 8am to 11pm every day. Unfortunately, because of the lack of available advanced nurse practitioner cover, the current position is that the unit will be closed from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday 2nd January 2017. The unit's Out of Hours service will then be covered by doctors and nurses from the Rural Practitioner Team based at the Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Broadford.

"On Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th January, the MIU will be open from 8am to 6pm. After 6pm the Out of Hours service will again be covered by the team based at Broadford.

"There are no changes for medical emergencies, where members of the public should dial 999. During the out of hours period (6pm to 8am; Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays) the Out of Hours service can be contacted by calling NHS 24 on 111.

"The decision, which has been taken on the grounds of safety for patients, is similar to arrangements that worked well over the festive period last week. However, NHS Highland is still actively seeking to provide cover at Portree and, if successful, will communicate any changes as soon as possible as possible via our website, Facebook, Twitter as well as via local media."