Scalloway and Central Mainland

These pages will provide you with information on all the healthcare services available in the South Mainland.

Medical cover for the Scalloway & Central Mainland area is provided by the Scalloway Health Centre.


The Scalloway Health Centre GPs prescribe medicines which can then be obtained from any community pharmacy. There are three community pharmices in Lerwick, one in Scalloway and one in Brae. 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. 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 Podiatry department is based at Lerwick Health Centre. Call 01595 743317 for full information.

Community Nursing

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


There is no dental service in the Scalloway and Central Mainland area. Please refer to the Dental Services page for details on the services provided in the islands.

Mental Health Team

The Community Consultant Psychiatrist holds regular clinics in the Scalloway 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 the Scalloway and Central Mainland area. 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

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.

Map of Shetland - Scalloway and Central Mainland Area
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