Published: 17/03/2017 17:05 - Updated: 17/03/2017 17:15

Staffing problems force weekend closure of casualty unit

 

Dunbar Hospital which will not be accepting casualties this weekend.
Dunbar Hospital which will not be accepting casualties this weekend.

STAFFING problems have forced NHS Highland to close the minor injury unit at Thurso's Dunbar Hospital this weekend.

The health board revealed the unit and the associated primary care emergency centre will be shut from 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday.

NHS 24 will direct individuals who need medical attention  to Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

The sudden closure was taken on safety grounds following problems recruiting staff.

NHS Highland says it is readvertising vacancies but it is not known if further temporary closures will be needed in the meantime.

 

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