Warnings of delays at Raigmore Hospital because of spike in illnesses
NHS bosses have warned that the Highlands' main hospital is currently experiencing an overflow of patients.
They said Raigmore Hospital in Inverness is very busy with a significant number of unwell patients having been admitted over the past few days.
They said this would have a direct effect on the flow of patients through the hospital, and consequent admission delays.
A hospital spokesperson said: "Our staff are working incredibly hard to provide the best care possible to those that need our help the most.
"If your needs are not a genuine emergency your pharmacist, GP or NHS 24 can help and may be able to see you more quickly.
"We are doing everything that we can to discharge patients who are well enough to leave as quickly as possible but the public can also assist by helping relatives or loved ones home."
The public are being encouraged to avoid visiting the hospital in case they have have symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting or flu.
Hospital staff are prioritising the most ill patients.
NHS bosses warned those arriving with less serious conditions could face longer waiting times.
The hospital advises them to consider contacting their GP or pharmacist or to their local Minor Injury Unit.