NHS Shetland

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NHS Shetland
Made foundation 2004 (2004)
Headquarters Lerwick
Region served Shetland
Type NHS board
Hospitals List
Chair Ian Kinniburgh[1]
Chief Exec Ralph Roberts[1]
Website www.shb.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Shetland is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. It provides healthcare services in Shetland.

NHS Shetland operates two hospitals:

The organisation is responsible for the provision of health and social care to the population of around 23,000 people that are resident in Shetland.[2] There are 10 GP practices in Shetland with a primary care emergency centre in Lerwick staffed by three salaried GPs.[3] There are difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff because of the isolation of some of the practices. As of[when?], Whalsay has been without a permanent doctor for more than a year.[4]

NHS Shetland was headquartered in Brevik House, Lerwick, but the site has been sold and is being redeveloped as a Holiday Inn Express hotel opening early 2016.[needs update][5]

The director of public health is Dr Sarah Taylor.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Board Members' Register of Interests". www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "NHS Shetland Board". www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rural population finds itself on receiving end of urban policy again". Health Service Journal. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "NHS funds 'should help tackle GP shortages'". Shetland Times. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Former NHS HQ on Shetland set to become a hotel". Press and Journal. 6 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Peter (30 September 2014). "NHS top earners revealed". Shetland Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

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