The Minor Injuries Unit and Urgent Care Centre at Portree Hospital will operate today (Tuesday 2 January.)

NHS Highland have announced that there will be some changes to the hours patients will be seen and cite lack of cover as the reason.  Normally the MIU/Urgent Care Centre operates from 8am to 11pm every day. 

Today, however, the unit will be open from 10am to 10pm.

On Wednesday 3 January, Thursday 4 January and Friday 5 January, the Minor Injuries Unit will be open from 8am to 6pm.  Outside of these hours, the service will be covered by the Rural Practitioner Team based at the Dr MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in 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 should be contacted by calling NHS 24 on 111.

NHS Highland say: "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."