NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland (Scottish Gaelic: NHS Sealtainn) (Scots: NHS Shetland) is one of the fourteen regions of NHS Scotland. It provides healthcare services in Shetland.

NHS Shetland
TypeNHS board
Region servedShetland
ChairGary Robinson [1]
Chief executiveRalph Roberts[1]

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 December 2014, Whalsay has been without a permanent doctor for more than a year.[4]

NHS Shetland is headquartered in Montfield, Lerwick.

The director of public health is Susan Webb.[5]


  1. "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. Johnson, Peter (30 September 2014). "NHS top earners revealed". Shetland Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
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