Highlands & Islands

Staffing crisis closed emergency unit at Nairn hospital

A staffing crisis forced NHS Highland to close an accident and emergency unit on Christmas day, it has emerged.

Anyone seeking treatment at Nairn Town and County Hospital between 13:00 and 19:30 would have been diverted to either Raigmore Hospital in Inverness or Doctor Gray's in Elgin.

NHS Highland said the decision had not been taken lightly.

A spokesman said it had taken the move as a "contingency measure" due to a lack of staffing cover.

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