NHS Orkney

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NHS Orkney
Created 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Kirkwall
Region served Orkney
Area size 990 square kilometres (380 sq mi)
Population 21,349
Type NHS board
Hospitals Balfour Hospital
Website www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Orkney is one of the fourteen regions of the NHS Scotland. It provides healthcare services in the Orkney area. NHS Orkney is headquartered in Garden House Kirkwall. John Ross Scott, who was formerly Liberal Democrat leader of the Scottish Borders Council has been the chair of the board since 2007.[1]

It operates one hospital, Balfour Hospital, in Kirkwall.

NHS Orkney has 24 General Practitioners (GPs) who work across 10 Practices.[2]

In 2009 the board published their own vision for how healthcare services across the Islands could be redesigned, in order to become more sustainable.[3]

In 2011 the board took the decision to use tablet computers to reduce the printing costs associated with their meetings.[4]


  1. ^ "JR Scott heralds return to politics with the SNP". Southern Reporter. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "General Practices (GPs)". NHS Orkney. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Our Orkney, Our Health - Transforming Clinical Services" (PDF). NHS Orkney. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "NHS Orkney cuts out paper in favour of iPads". BBC News. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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