Opening hours at Montrose Minor Injury and Illness Unit (MIIU) will be changing temporarily from Monday, April 4.
The MIIU will now open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4.30pm and from 7.45am until 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
NHS Tayside has said the change will be temporary, and is down to difficulty in recruiting staff. The change will also affect Forfar’s MIIU, which will have the same opening hours as Montrose.
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 temporarily restrict the opening times of the units.
“We realise that this temporary change to working hours in the MIIU may mean that some patients have to travel further to access services and we apologise for this. However, shortening the opening hours during the week allows us to keep the services open longer during the weekends when it is busier. It also allows us to operate all four MIIUs in Angus.
“We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks with the aim of returning to normal operating hours as soon as is practical.
“There is already a review underway which is working towards developing a new service model for delivering minor injury and illness services that will improve the capability and capacity to support care for the population of Angus.”
There are a total of four MIIUs in Angus that patients can access with opening hours as follows:-
Arbroath Infirmary open 24/7.
Links Health Centre in Montrose, open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4.30pm and from 7.45am until 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar, open Monday to Friday from 9am until 4.30pm and from 7.45am until 10pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Brechin MIIU, open between 9am and 4.30pm seven days a week.
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.