People in Grampian will now be able to call NHS 24 free, simply by dialling 111.
The new and easy-to-remember telephone number was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Alex Neil and means that people throughout Scotland will no longer be charged when calling the national telehealth and telecare service from a landline or mobile.
NHS 24 will continue to deliver the same high quality service for anyone seeking advice and support within Grampian during the out of hours period when their GP surgery is closed.
Mr Neil said: “I strongly believe that our NHS should be free at the point of care for all, and this new number will help to protect these founding principles of the NHS.
“The new number is easy to remember, and free to call, which will ensure everyone across Scotland can access support and advice from NHS 24 whenever they need it.
“There will be absolutely no change to the high quality service provided through this new number.”