NHS Highland has launched an investigation after a bag containing Covid-19 test samples was found by a member of the public on a Highland road.
The samples were being transported from Caithness General Hospital in Wick to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
The bag was found on the A9 near Tain and dropped off at the local police station before being picked up and taken to Inverness where it was transferred to a laboratory team at Raigmore.
NHS Highland said there was no danger to the public.
A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that samples being transported from Caithness General Hospital in Wick to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness were found on the A9 near Tain.
“The samples were handed in to the local police station and are now with the laboratory team at Raigmore.
“We are investigating how this could have happened to ensure this will not happen again and would like to reassure everyone that at no point was there a danger to the public from these samples. They were packed properly and remained intact.”