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Health / Some health services to close for Monday’s state funeral

ALL GP practices will be closed for the day across Shetland on Monday to mark the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II apart from Scalloway which will only shut its doors between 11am and 2pm.

Other health services closed on the additional one-off bank holiday are the Gilbertson Park vaccination centre, all NHS Shetland dental practices as well as the patient travel office.

However, the outpatient department at the Gilbert Bain Hospital will be open and clinics provided by specialist nurses and midwives will continue to operate for antenatal scanning, chemotherapy, diabetes and cardiac care.

NHS Shetland said that if patients have not heard, or do not hear, directly  from the heath board regarding a scheduled appointment for Monday, they should assume that it will go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, the Boots pharmacy as well as the one at the Brae Health Centre will be closed, while the Freefield, Laings and the Scalloway pharmacies will be open but closed between 10am and 1pm.

Specsavers will close but iCare, both on Lerwick’s Commercial Street, will be open on Monday.

A spokesperson for NHS Shetland said: “If you need help from a GP, pharmacy or dentist out of hours, contact NHS 24 on 111.

“In a life-threatening emergency, call 999 or go directly to A&E.

“If you would like to reschedule an appointment so you can pay your respects, please get in touch with your appointment details as soon as possible.”

All services and departments will be open as usual on Tuesday 20 September.

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