These pages will provide you with information on all the healthcare services available for Bressay.

Medical cover for Bressay is provided by the Lerwick Health Centre.


The Lerwick doctors prescribe medicines which can then be obtained from 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.


All podiatry services are provided by NHS Shetland staff based at the Lerwick Health Centre. Staff do carry out house calls for patients who are medically housebound. Call 01595 743317 for full information and details, or visit the Podiatry Department's main pages.

Community Nursing

There is a district nurse based on Bressay. For more information on the services provided by community nursing staff please refer to the Community Nursing Department section.


There is no resident dentist on Bressay - all treatment is offered by services on the Mainland. Please refer to the Dental Services page for details on the services provided.

Mental Health Team

The Community Consultant Psychiatrists holds regular clinics in the Community Mental Health Team's main offices in Lerwick. The Community Psychiatric Nurse usually also sees patients at the Lerwick offices, but home visits are possible if essential. All referals are made through the local GPs. 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 on Bressay. 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 can visit the island if necessary to carry out an assessment - and appointments can be made for clinics at the Gilbert Bain Hospital's Children's Services Department. Call 01595 743027 for full information.

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