The head of NHS Dumfries and Galloway has warned Brexit could have a "profound impact" on recruitment, in an area which already struggles to attract qualified medical staff.
In an interview with ITV Representing Border, Chief Executive Jeff Ace said the health board is used to dealing with problems, and is doing all it can to prepare.
However, he said leaving the EU without a deal could create new issues.
Mr Ace also spoke of his frustration at the time the health board is having to spend preparing for a no deal Brexit, rather than focusing on day-to-day health and social care.
In the long-term, he said Brexit could have a negative impact on the NHS's ability to recruit EU staff locally.
The Department for Health and Social Care has said "we should be fully prepared for leaving on October 31, whatever the circumstances", and that its plans "should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted."
Keith McElrea, Director of the Welcome Pharmacy in Newton Stewart, says he and his team are feeling prepared for Brexit.
He urged people not to panic or stockpile medicine, and to trust their local pharmacy.