Medical cover for Lerwick is provided by the Lerwick Health Centre. Information on the practice and other healthcare services in the area can be found on these pages.


The Lerwick Health Centre prescribe medicines which can then be obtained from 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 Lerwick 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.

Community Nursing

For more information on the services provided by community nursing staff please refer to the Community Nursing Department section.


Please refer to the Dental Services page for details on the services provided in Lerwick.

Mental Health Team

The Community Consultant Psychiatrist holds regular clinics in the Team's main offices in the Lerwick Health Centre while the Community Psychiatric Nurses see patients either at home or in the main offices. All referrals 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.


Please refer to the Ophthalmic Services page to find details of all the optician services available in Lerwick.


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

Pre - School children are usually seen at a clinic in the Children's Services Department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital. School children are seen either at school or at a clinic in the Hospital. Elderly Patients can be seen at home if necessary. Call 01595 743027 for full details and appointments or refer to the Speech and Language Therapy Department section for a full list of services provided.

Map of Shetland - Lerwick Area
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