Brechin Minor Injury and Illness Unit is changing its hours and will now be open from 9am to 4.30pm seven days a week as of Monday, August 24.
The hours were previously from 8am to 10pm.
Medical Director for NHS Tayside Dr Andrew Russell said: “It is essential that we provide an MIIU service with appropriately skilled staff which is safe for patients and staff.
“We find ourselves in a position where there is a shortage of appropriately-trained staff and a difficulty in recruiting new staff and we have had to make the decision to restrict the opening times of the unit.
“We are working with Brechin Medical Practice and the local team of health professionals to develop a new GP practice model that will improve the capability and capacity to support care for the Brechin population, and establishing minor injury and illness services will be part of that work.
“However, we realise that this change to working hours in the MIIU may mean that some patients have to travel further to access services and we apologise for this.”
There are a further three MIIUs in Angus that patients in Brechin can access. The nearest MIIU to Brechin is Montrose, which is a 15 minute car journey away. The opening hours of the Angus MIIUs are:
Links Health Centre in Montrose, open between 8am and 10pm seven days a week.
Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar, open between 8am and 10pm seven days a week.
Arbroath Infirmary open 24/7.
GP out-of-services can also be contacted at all times via NHS 24 on 111. Patients contacting NHS 24 will be directed to the most appropriate out-of-hours service for treatment. They should also be reassured that if they require a GP, this will be arranged via NHS 24.
These new arrangements will be monitored on an ongoing basis and it is hoped that the new model of care which will be provided at the Brechin Medical Practice will provide a new way of delivering minor illness and injury services to the Brechin community.