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NHS Shetland is experiencing problems with its vaccination hotline (01595 743319) and is asking people to get in touch by e-mail instead.

The number is for people who:

  • have not yet had their first vaccination and would like an appointment;
  • who had a first dose 10 weeks ago or longer and are needing their second dose;
  • who need to inform us of a change of contact details;
  • who need to cancel or re-arrange an appointment.

THE Sumburgh-based search and rescue helicopter was called out on Thursday morning to assist the NHS with the transfer of patient from Yell to hospital in Lerwick.

The helicopter landed at the Clickimin landing site just before 10am.


LOCAL software development company Mesomorphic has been named the Open University in Scotland SME enterprise of the year.

Mesomorphic are committed to supporting digital education across Shetland and they have developed an engagement pipeline that stretches from primary school through to higher and further education.

Their model, Silicon Croft, has been designed with three outcomes in mind: engaging the next generation of developers, attracting more collaborative and innovative to Shetland whilst also working on their own projects, and ultimately putting Shetland on the map for its digital economy.

Technical director Barnaby Mercer said: “Silicon Croft could perhaps be described as being about small, nimble teams and groups working together towards a common vision of shared learning, support and productivity. We’re thrilled to be recognised for our work towards this vision.”


THE Whalsay ferry Linga was back in service before lunchtime on Thursday after she had been taken out of service earlier the same day.


SHETLAND Amenity Trust is looking to appoint new trustees to help shape the organisation that is looking after Shetland’s natural and cultural heritage. 

Board chairman Alastair Hamilton said the work of the trust was diverse and interesting.

“We want to play our part in ensuring that Shetland’s quality of life is the best it can be, and we’re keen to develop new approaches. The work of a trustee has its challenges but can be hugely rewarding and valuable.”

More information and how to apply can be found here.


The number of workers on furlough in Shetland has fallen again, according to the latest government statistics.

By the end of May around 600 islanders were receiving the government support, a reduction of 200 compared to previous figures.

The job retention scheme was brought in by the UK Government last year to prevent employees from laid off as a consequence of the Covid pandemic.