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THE DELIVERY of modular parts which will form the new MRI scanner building at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick has been delayed due to weather-related ferry cancellations.

NHS Shetland previously said the sections would arrive on site on Monday and Tuesday.

But in an update the health board said as there are no freight sailings over the weekend, things have been pushed back to the end of next week.

There should have been freight sailings today and Saturday, but they have been cancelled.

Sunday’s northbound freight trip only goes as far as Kirkwall, but there will be an overnight sailing on Monday, arriving in Lerwick on Tuesday morning.

NHS Shetland said the west part of the hospital car park at the hospital will now remain open as normal between 8pm this Sunday (11 February) and 8am Wednesday 14 February, with the restrictions due to be reintroduced at 8pm on Sunday 18 February until 8am Wednesday 21 February to allow for the work to be safely completed.

The parts will be lifted into position using a large crane, weather dependant.

As the building modules are being delivered, there may be some minor delays to vehicles entering and exiting the car park and travelling down Cairnfield Road.

Emergency access for ambulances will be maintained throughout.

Parking restrictions will also be in place on the southern end of Cairnfield Road to allow safe movement of trucks up and down the road and access to the site.

NHS Shetland said it apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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