Highlands & Islands

Shake-up for Skye and Lochalsh medical service

Out-of-hours medical cover for Skye and Lochalsh is under review because the current set up is not working, according to NHS Highland.

The health board said there was not sufficient funding available to run the service and it required a redesign.

It has been reliant on GPs and rural practitioners (RPs).

Because GPs can opt not to work out of hours, NHS Highland has found it increasingly difficult to find willing doctors.

Options being considered include using nurses to provide the service during the week and GPs and RPs at weekends.

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