Aithsting & Sandsting

These pages will provide you with information on all the healthcare services available in the Aithsting & Sandsting area.

Medical cover for Aithsting & Sandsting is provided by the Bixter Health Centre.


The Bixter Health Centre can dispense medicines prescribed by doctors. The doctor can also give advice on 'over the counter' medicines you can buy either from local shops or from one of the community pharmacies in Lerwick. Pharmacists in the community pharmacies or in the Gilbert Bain Hospital Pharmacy are always pleased to give advice on medicines irrespective of where they are bought or obtained from.


NHS Shetland podiatrists, hold regular clinics at the Bixter Health Centre. Home visits can also be arranged for patients who are medically housebound. Call 01595 743317 for full information on all services, clinic times etc,or visit the Podiatry Department's main pages.

Community Nursing

Please refer to the Bixter Health Centre Community Nursing page for information on services the staff provide both locally and Shetland Wide.


There is no dental service in Aithsting and Sandsting. Please refer to the Community Dental Services page for details on the services provided in the islands.

Mental Health Team

The Community Consultant Psychiatrist holds regular clinics in the Bixter Health Centre while the Community Psychiatric Nurse, who is based in Lerwick, sees patients either at home or in the Health Centre. All referrals are made through the local GPs. Appointments can also be held at the Team's offices in Lerwick or by a video conference link between the Health Centre and Lerwick. The Mental Health Team also provides a number of Shetland-wide services, including services for children and young people.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy in the community is provided by the Council's Social Care Department. The NHS Shetland Occupational Therapy Department sees patients from all over the islands and carries out assessments in the home if required.


There is no optician in Aithsting and Sandsting. Please refer to the Ophthalmic Services page to find details of all the optician services available in the islands.


The service is provided by the Physiotherapy Department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. For details and appointments please call 01595 743323. Patients can be seen in their own homes if medically housebound. The paediatric physiotherapists work out of the main Physiotherapy Department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. Call 01595 743323 for details.

Speech and Language Therapy

Staff from the Speech and Language Therapy Department based in the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick can visit Aithsting and Sandsting. Pre-School children are usually seen at home or nursery - older children at their School. Elderly patients either at their home or at a Care Centre. Call 01595 743027.

Map of Shetland - Aithsting and Sandsting Area
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