Brevik House

(Shetland Combination Poorhouse, Brevik Hospital)

Built as the Shetland Combination Poorhouse in 1886, Brevik House is located on South Road in Lerwick, opposite the Gilbert Bain Hospital. Since 1987, it has served as the Shetland NHS Trust headquarters but also houses a School of Nursing, an Occupational Health Department, Shetland Alcohol & Drugs Action Team and hospital staff accommodation.

Shetland Combination Poorhouse could accommodate 72 inmates, with males in one wing and females in the other. It included a mortuary. The poorhouse became Zetland County Homes in 1920, for the chronically sick, aged and infirm, and Brevik Hospital in 1951. The hospital closed in 1983 when all patients were transferred to nearby Montfield Hospital.

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