Gilbert Bain Hospital

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Gilbert Bain Hospital
NHS Shetland
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The modern Gilbert Bain Hospital
Gilbert Bain Hospital is located in Shetland
Gilbert Bain Hospital
Shown in Shetland
LocationLerwick, Shetland, Scotland
Coordinates60°09′04″N 1°09′23″W / 60.1510°N 1.1563°W / 60.1510; -1.1563Coordinates: 60°09′04″N 1°09′23″W / 60.1510°N 1.1563°W / 60.1510; -1.1563
Care systemNHS Scotland
Hospital typeRural General
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Scotland

The Gilbert Bain Hospital is a rural general hospital in the burgh of Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland. It is managed by NHS Shetland.


The former Gilbert Bain Hospital on King Harald Street

The hospital has its origins in a small cottage hospital which was funded by Gilbert Bain, a businessman who had spent his working life in India and Singapore.[1] It was built on King Harald Street and completed in 1901.[2] It joined the National Health Service in 1948.[2]

The foundation stone for a new hospital was laid in April 1959.[1] The new facility, which was designed by William Arthur Baird Laing and built on the site of a former infectious diseases hospital, was opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in August 1961.[3]

A CT scanner was installed in 2007[4] and an existing ward was refurbished, creating new accommodation for up to 16 long-stay patients, in 2008.[5]

In February 2014 the board decided to fund additional consultant physician and anaesthetist posts.[6]


The hospital has approximately 140 births per year[7] and it has had full accreditation as baby friendly since January 2003.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Gilbert Bain Hospital". Scottish Places. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Gilbert Bain Hospital, Lerwick". National Archives. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Gilbert Bain Hospital building/design report". Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ Griffiths, Rosalind (28 November 2008). "Scanner proves its worth during first year of operation". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^ Griffiths, Rosalind (28 November 2008). "Montfield patients move to new ward". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  6. ^ Griffiths, Rosalind (28 February 2014). "New posts to make hospital 'fit for purpose'". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Community Maternity Unit, Gilbert Bain Hospital, Shetland". Which?. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Maternity Services". NHS Quality Improvement Scotland. 1 January 2007. p. 15. Retrieved 29 December 2018.