Health

No commitment from health secretary on new hospital timeline

THE SCOTTISH health secretary was unable to provide any clarity over when Shetland could get a new hospital when questioned on the issue this week – but he did speak about the financial challenges of government. The topic was raised with Humza Yousaf by NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson during a Facebook livestream on […] Shetland News …


Each drug-related death ‘somebody’s somebody’

“EACH one of those people are somebody’s somebody, so one death is one too many, because they are preventable.” That is the message from NHS Shetland’s alcohol and drug development officer Wendy McConnachie after figures were published last week on drug-related deaths. Shetland recorded a total of four such deaths in 2021, the same figure […] Shetland News …


Health board chair reappointed

NHS Shetland chairman Gary Robinson has been reappointed to the role for a further four years. He has presided over the health board since 2018, leading it through the Covid pandemic. The Scottish Government said Robinson “remains committed to ensuring efficient partnership working and to seeing through the review of NHS Shetland’s estate including, the […] Shetland News …


NHS Shetland committed to providing better services to people with eating disorders

PEOPLE in the isles struggling with eating disorder issues will have to wait a little longer before efforts to establish a better service, including early intervention and peer support, are expected to start delivering results. NHS Shetland is at the very early stages of implementing the recommendations of a Scottish eating disorder services review. Newly […] Shetland News …


Shetland’s first living well hub opens in Brae

A NEW drop-in service offering help to anyone needing to find out more about what health and social care services are available to them locally has opened its doors in Brae. The Living Well Hub, located at the Brae Youth Centre, is open to the public twice a week on Mondays and Fridays between 10am […] Shetland News …


Portable x-ray machine to be trialled in GP surgeries

A THREE-month trial is set to take place in Shetland allowing people to have x-rays at GP surgeries instead of the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. The hope is that it will result in less cancellations and reduced travelling for patients. The x-rays will become possible thanks to a battery powered machine which weighs only […] Shetland News …


Dental students head north in new pilot scheme

A PILOT scheme has begun seeing dental students head north to gain experience in Shetland as part of their training. On Monday (4 October) two final year students from Aberdeen arrived at the Montfield dental clinic in Lerwick. Ayesha Ahmad and Kelvin Onyinah provided treatment for 40 patients in just four days. Four the next […] Shetland News …


Wishart asks Scottish Government to set out position on new hospital

LOCAL MSP Beatrice Wishart has added her weight to calls for a new hospital for Shetland. She has written to Scottish health secretary Humza Yousaf asking the government to indicate when Shetland will have a “new-build hospital fit for the 21st century”. The Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick has been operating in its current form […] Shetland News …


MSP disappointed by government response on MRI scanner funding

HIGHLANDS and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant says it is “very disappointing” that the Scottish Government will not provide additional funding support for the MRI scanner proposed for Shetland. Labour MSP Rhoda Grant wrote to health secretary Jeane Freeman asking if she would now consider putting some money forward to support the service after the £1.65 […] Shetland News …