Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
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Unst Health CentreBaltasoundUnstShetland, ZE2 9DYTel: 01957 711318
In addition to GP consultations the practice adheres to the General Medical Services Contract for the provision of healthcare services:
Our Health Improvement Practitioner visits the health centre every week on a Monday afternoon. You can book an appointment directly by calling the health centre. Happy to meet with you and chat about
Follow the link below for more information about Health Improvement Shetland.
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If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel please contact the health centre. You will need to information on which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6-8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not usually kept in stock. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
For more information on travel vaccines, please visit the NHS Sheland website,
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
The Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS) is delivered by the Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Service. The service is independent and provides free, confidential information, advice and support to anyone who uses the NHS in Scotland. It aims to support patients, their carers and families in their dealings with the NHS and in other matters affecting their health.
The service promotes an awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of patients. It also advises and supports people who wish to give feedback, make comments, raise concerns or make a complaint about treatment and care provided by the NHS in Scotland.
The Patient Advice and Support Service also provides general advice and help on a range of issues, such as housing, employment, benefits or money worries. Support with these issues can have a positive impact on the health of clients. Clients can also access information and advice on how to access health and community services that offer additional support with health care needs. The service is a valuable resource for frontline NHS staff because it offers a wide range of support for patients in relation to health and health care.
The Patient Advice and Support Service can be accessed through any Scottish citizens advice bureau. You can find your local bureau by using the search facility at the top of this page. There is more information about the service at www.patientadvicescotland.org.uk/
Patients needing physiotherapy, are asked to complete and send in the self referral form to the Gilbert Bain Hospital
Physiotherapy Department Gilbert Bain Hospital South Road Lerwick Shetland ZE1 0TB
Tel: 01595 743323
Podiatry visit the health centre on a regular basis. If you would like to be seen, please complete a self-referral form
A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social well-being.
Our health visitor runs regular clinics in Unst and will normally contact you to arrange routine appointments. However, if you would like to see her outwith these please call the health centre to arrange it.
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