Thurso is to receive an expanded dental service thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.
The funding package announced by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon sees £1.3 million being allocated to Thurso.
The funding means that the existing dental facility at Dunbar Hospital will be extended. The extension will provide a minimum of 4,000 extra places.
Speaking after the announcement Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson said....
"This is welcome funding which will go some way to easing the dental crisis in Caithness. It shows that the Scottish Government is following up on it's promise to improve dental services in throughout the country.
"This news makes it a win win situation for dental patients in Caithness . The Scottish Government's commitment to the Lochshell Dental practice in Wick and now the news of investment in Thurso will allow for more spaces thus reducing waiting list's and waiting times in the county."
"Given the tight financial situation capital build projects are important to help stimulate the economy. So this announcement will also benefit the construction industry of Caithness."