NHS Orkney

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NHS Orkney
Created 1 April 2004 (2004-04-01)
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 NHS Scotland. It provides healthcare services in the Orkney area. NHS Orkney is headquartered in Garden House Kirkwall.


It operates one hospital, Balfour Hospital, in Kirkwall.

As of 2016 NHS Orkney has 24 General Practitioners (GPs) who work across 6 Practices.[1]


In 2007, John Ross Scott, a former Liberal Democrat leader of the Scottish Borders Council became chair of the board.[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]

Ian Kinniburgh, the chair of NHS Shetland, took up the post of chair of NHS Orkney on 1 December 2015.[5]


  1. ^ "General Practices (GPs)". NHS Orkney. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "JR Scott heralds return to politics with the SNP". Southern Reporter. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 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. 
  5. ^ "New post for Kinniburgh". www.shetnews.co.uk. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

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