NHS Shetland

NHS Shetland is an NHS board which provides healthcare services in Shetland, Scotland.

NHS Shetland
TypeNHS board
HeadquartersBurgh Road
ZE1 0LA[1]
Region servedShetland
HospitalsGilbert Bain Hospital
Montfield Hospital
Staff592 (2018/19)[2]

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.[3] There are 10 GP practices in Shetland with a primary care emergency centre in Lerwick staffed by three salaried GPs.[4] 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.[5]

NHS Shetland is headquartered in Montfield, Lerwick.

The director of public health is Susan Webb.[6]


  1. "NHS Shetland Contacts". NHS Shetland. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  2. "Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019" (PDF). NHS Shetland. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. "NHS Shetland Board". www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. "Rural population finds itself on receiving end of urban policy again". Health Service Journal. 9 September 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  5. "NHS funds 'should help tackle GP shortages'". Shetland Times. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  6. Johnson, Peter (30 September 2014). "NHS top earners revealed". Shetland Times. Retrieved 26 December 2014.