• Orkney's new hospital under construction - image by Colin Keldie

Health & Social Care

Orkney has excellent health and social care services, with a brand-new hospital set to open in Kirkwall in 2019.

Local health services are delivered by NHS Orkney, with some specialist services provided on mainland Scotland by other health boards, primarily NHS Grampian and NHS Highland.

Patients who need emergency medical treatment that can’t be delivered in Orkney are transported to the mainland by air ambulance.

GP services are available throughout the islands. Orkney also has a number of NHS and private dental practices.

Orkney Islands Council provides a variety of community social services and runs a number of modern and fully equipped care centres across the county.