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Registration of Births

Any birth, which occurs in Scotland
must be registered within 21 days.
Further information can be found on
or by contacting your local registrar:

Fair Isle 01595 760224
Foula 01595 753236
Lerwick 01595 744562
Skerries 01806 515255
Unst 01957 711348
Whalsay 01806 566544
Yell 01957 722260

Health Visitors

Health Visitors promote child and family health and wellbeing

This includes:

  • Ante-natal and post natal visits
  • Breastfeeding education and support
  • Baby massage
  • Weaning for babies
  • Sleeping issues
  • Child health clinics
  • Drop-in and immunizations clinics
  • Childhood development reviews
  • Parenting skills
  • Health promotion
  • Family health needs assessment
  • Healthy eating advice
  • Child protection and care of vulnerable families
  • Help with housing benefit
  • Financial advice and referrals

Contact: your local health visitor can be contacted through your GP Practice

Community Mental Health Team

As well as providing specific services in each part of the islands, the Community Mental Health Team offers a number of Shetland-wide services.  They are based in the Lerwick Health Centre.
Contact: 01595 743006

Sexual Health Clinic

This clinic provides advice and information on all aspects of sexual health, operating a drop in service at the Gilbert Bain Hospital on Monday evenings between 6.30 - 8.30 no appointment required.
Contact: 01595 743230 (during clinic times)

NHS Shetland Health Improvement

Works to improve health and tackle inequalities throughout Shetland
by leading and supporting the development of good practice in

  • Health Promotion
  • Smoking Cessation

If you would like help to stop smoking, you can access support through your own GP Practice, through any of the community pharmacies, or you can attend a drop-in session run by one of NHS Shetland’s smoking cessation advisers
Contact: 01595 743084

National Helpline - Smokeline

Offers general advice and information on local services for stopping smoking
Contact: 0800 848484

Smoking Cessation Support Worker

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, there is a lot of support available to help you stop and stay stopped. Here you’ll find hints and tips on how to stop smoking, along with details of local and national services. You can also chat online with a Smokeline advisor
Contact: 01595 743084
Smoking Cessation drop in- Gilbert Bain outpatients department- Wednesdays 6-7pm (to book appointments call 01595 807494)

Pre-conceptional Care

Drop In at Outpatients, Gilbert Bain Hospital Tuesday 6.00-8.00 pm
Midwife as first point of contact 01595 743012

Shetland Breast Feeding Group

Bruce Family Centre Friday 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.
Contact: 0778 9829388

Scottish Health Council Shetland

For advice, information and support for patients wishing to comment on NHS Services
Contact: 01595 741260



Bixter 01595 810202 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm
Brae 01806 522 543 8am-5:30pm
Hillswick 01806 503 277 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8am-5pm. Tuesday and Friday, 9am-6:30pm. Saturday, 9am-1pm
Lerwick 01595 693201 Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm Appointments 01595 743216
Levenwick 01950  461222 Surgery open for collection of prescriptions: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.15am-4.30pm Wednesday 8.15am-1.30pm Friday 8.15am-4pm (Consulting Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-11am, 2pm-4pm; Wednesday 9am-11am)
Scalloway 01595 880219 Monday, 8:30am-5:30pm, 6pm-7:30pm. Tuesday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm Wednesday 8:30-1pm
Hillsgarth (Unst) 01957 711318 Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday, 10am-2pm
Yell 01957 702127 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Saturday, 8:30am-1pm
Walls 01595 809352 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm
Whalsay 01806 566219 Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Saturday, 10am-2pm


Boots the Chemist 01595 692619 Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm. Sunday 2pm-5pm
Freefield Pharmacy 01595 693502 Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
A L Laing 01595 692579 Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Scalloway 01595 880303 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Saturday, 10am-1pm
Brae 01806 522206 - Monday-Friday, 8:30am-1pm, 1:30pm-5pm


is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services, to improve the oral health of children from birth by offering 6 monthly visits delivering oral health advice, fluoride varnish applications and dental checks. The nursery and school programmes deliver dental packs, daily supervised toothbrushing and fluoride varnishing for children
aged three and upwards.
Contact: 01595 743398 



St Olaf Street 01595 695769 Monday-Friday, 8:45am-1pm, 1:45pm-5pm
Brae Dental Health Centre 01806 522461 / 522469 Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm. Friday, 9am-1pm, 2pm-4:45pm
Montfield Dental Unit 01595 743160 Monday-Thursday, 8:45am-1pm, 2pm-5:15pm. Friday, 8:45am-1pm, 1:45pm-5pm
Mid Yell 01957 502031 reception: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45am-5:15pm appointments: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10am-4pm
Whalsay Dental Clinic 01806 566469 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:15am-3:15pm
Gilbert Bain Hospital 01595 743000



Kelly Opticians 01595 695516 Monday-Saturday, 9am-5:15pm
Miller Opticians 01595 695516 Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm
Specsavers 01595 697820 Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, 8:30am-6pm. Tuesday, 8:30am-5:30pm

Child Healthy Weight Initiatives

If you are worried that your child may be overweight or obese there are two programmes available in Shetland:

SCOTT Programme

This is a family centred weight management programme to help promote child healthy weight. The programme does not focus on dieting but instead helps the family to establish long-term lifestyle changes to diet and physical activity to promote a healthier lifestyle.  The SCOTT Programme consists of 9 sessions with the child and at least one adult over 6 months for children aged between 5-15 years.

Counterweight Families

This programme is currently being piloted in Shetland. The Counterweight Families Programme is an extension of the Adult Counterweight Programme and is aimed and families where there are both at least one overweight parent/carer and at least one overweight child/children that is of Primary School age. The family will go through a structured 10 session programme with a trained practitioner, which aims to help families make small changes to improve the whole
family’s health and weight
Contact Public health Nutritionist on 01595 743389

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