NHS Orkney

NHS Orkney is an NHS board that provides healthcare services in the Orkney area of Scotland.

NHS Orkney
TypeNHS board
Established1 April 2004 (2004-04-01)
HeadquartersForeland Road
KW15 1NZ[1]
Region servedOrkney
Area size990 square kilometres (380 sq mi)
HospitalsBalfour Hospital
Staff565 (2018/19)[2]


It operates one hospital, Balfour Hospital, in Kirkwall.

As of 2016 NHS Orkney has 24 General Practitioners (GPs) who work across 6 Practices.[3]


In 2007, John Ross Scott, a former Liberal Democrat leader of the Scottish Borders Council became chair of the board.[4]

In 2009 the board published their own vision for how healthcare services across the Islands could be redesigned, in order to become more sustainable.[5]

In 2011 the board took the decision to use tablet computers to reduce the printing costs associated with their meetings.[6]

Ian Kinniburgh, the chair of NHS Shetland, took up the post of chair of NHS Orkney on 1 December 2015.[7]


  1. "About us". NHS Orkney. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. "Annual Report and Accounts For Year Ended 31 March 2019" (PDF). NHS Orkney. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. "General Practices (GPs)". NHS Orkney. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. "JR Scott heralds return to politics with the SNP". Southern Reporter. 18 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. "Our Orkney, Our Health - Transforming Clinical Services" (PDF). NHS Orkney. 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  6. "NHS Orkney cuts out paper in favour of iPads". BBC News. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  7. "New post for Kinniburgh". www.shetnews.co.uk. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016.