A new centre offering healthcare for bone, muscle and eye conditions looks set to get the go-ahead next week.
NHS Highland has proposed building its orthopaedic and ophthalmology elective care centre at Inverness Campus.
Highland Council planning officials have recommended councillors approve the plans at a meeting next Tuesday.
The facility, serving the north of Scotland, would have 24-bed inpatient rooms, operating theatres, clinics and outpatient departments.
Earlier plans included a multi-disciplinary life sciences centre. Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of Highlands and Islands propose constructing this facility on a separate site on the campus at Inverness.