The hospital's A&E unit has been closed in the past due to staff shortages
Talks are to be held about the future of accident and emergency services at a hospital in south west Scotland.
They come after the unit at the Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer had to be closed several times due to staff shortages.
The situation prompted local fears that the department could be downgraded to a minor injuries facility.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway said it was "undoubtedly committed" to having good A&E services in the town.
Councillors are to meet with the health board to seek assurances about the future of services at the site.
Stranraer councillor Willie Scobie said: "We cannot have the hospital downgraded in any manner or means.
"This is about the health board not putting in full-time members of staff to provide the service that we require in A&E.
"I want a reassurance that they can staff the hospital, and they have got a long term commitment to the Galloway hospital in Stranraer."
NHS Dumfries and Galloway medical director Dr Angus Cameron said there should be no doubt about the commitment of the NHS to the town.
"I think our record in the past has shown we want to spend money to provide health services in Stranraer," he said.
Dr Cameron said the new hospital and wide range of services underlined that commitment.
However, he admitted there were problems with the accident and emergency unit.
"Staffing an A&E department at that distance from a district general hospital is always going to be difficult," he said.
"I think it is really important we get highly trained doctors who are going to provide the service."
He confirmed that the NHS had now advertised widely in order to address the staffing issues.
"We are determined that we will get these people," he said.
"I think all systems are go and we are undoubtedly committed to making sure we have a really good A&E department in Stranraer."