NHS Shetland

High Covid numbers the new normal as people learn to live with the virus

SHETLAND’s high number of Covid infections is likely to continue as society adapts and learns to live with the virus, according to the local health board. Over the last seven days NHS Shetland recorded more than 500 newly confirmed cases resulting in widespread disruption – with hundreds isolating on a daily basis. Today’s figures, just […] Shetland News …


Number of reasons may be behind high Covid case rate

SHETLAND’s high rate of confirmed Covid cases may be attributed to more people taking lateral flow tests – as well as some folk not keeping to guidance as strictly as they used to. A total of 79 cases were reported in Shetland yesterday (Tuesday), as well as one death. Today a further 69 were included […] Shetland News …


Vaccination effort continues as 32 new Covid cases reported

NHS SHETLAND will offer a limited number of walk-in vaccination clinics at the Gilbertson Park at the end of next weeks as 32 new local Covid cases were added to the isles’ tally. The high number of new cases is slightly skewed after yesterday’s data was lower than it should have been due to a […] Shetland News …


Permanent MRI scanner could be ready in 2023

SHETLAND could have its new permanent MRI scanner installed in 2023. It comes after a successful community fundraising campaign drew in more than £1.6 million for a scanner. The update was given to members of the NHS Shetland board this week. A report from head of estates Lawson Bisset said specifications for a scanner have […] Shetland News …


Health board aims to vaccinate up to 6,000 before Christmas

STAFF at NHS Shetland are embarking on the mammoth task to vaccinate up to 6,000 islanders between now and 23 December. As part of the accelerated Covid vaccination programme, the health board aims administer the booster jab to all eligible over 18-year-olds, as well as first doses to 12 to 15 years olds, and a […] 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 …


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 …


Isles record 16 new Covid cases

THE recent spike in Covid cases locally shows no sign of abating as 16 new cases have been confirmed of the previous 24-hour period. The islands seven-day rate per 100,000 population continues to rise and stands now at 279.8, the highest prevalence among NHS island boards. Scotland-wide 6,152 new cases were detected from just over […] Shetland News …