Orkney Health and Safety: Your Comprehensive Tourist Guide
Welcome to JP Orkney, your trusted companion for unforgettable and safe Orkney guided tours. Our comprehensive Orkney tourist guide is designed to provide you with essential health and safety information. This includes details about local healthcare facilities, emergency numbers, and safety tips for outdoor activities. We believe that a well-informed traveller is a safe traveller, so let’s get started.
Healthcare Facilities in Orkney
Orkney is well-equipped with healthcare facilities to cater to your medical needs during your guided tours of the Shetland and Orkney islands. The Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall is the main hospital, offering a range of services including emergency care. It’s located at Foreland Road, Kirkwall, KW15 1BH. Additionally, there are several GP practices and pharmacies across the islands. These facilities are well-prepared to handle any health concerns, from minor ailments to emergencies.
Did you know that the Balfour Hospital is named after John Balfour, a prominent figure in Orkney’s medical history? He served as a doctor in Orkney for over 50 years, from 1894 to 1946, and was known for his dedication to his patients.
In case of an emergency during your Orkney guided tours, dial 999 for immediate assistance. For less urgent health concerns, you can call NHS 24 on 111. We recommend saving these numbers in your phone before your visit. It’s always better to be prepared, and having these numbers at your fingertips can save precious time in an emergency.
Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities
Orkney offers a wealth of outdoor activities, from hiking and cycling to swimming and bird watching. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
- Hiking: Always check the weather forecast before setting out and let someone know your route and expected return time. Wear suitable footwear and clothing, and carry a map, compass, and plenty of water and snacks.
- Swimming: Orkney’s beaches are beautiful, but the sea can be dangerous. Always check tide times, be aware of currents, and never swim alone. If you’re not a confident swimmer, stick to designated swimming areas.
- Wildlife Watching: Keep a safe distance from wildlife, especially nesting birds and seals. Never feed wild animals, and remember to take all your litter home with you.
Speaking of wildlife, Orkney is home to the largest colony of Atlantic puffins in the UK. These charming birds are a delight to watch, but remember to keep a safe distance and never disturb their nests.
Remember, your safety is paramount during your guided tours of the Shetland and Orkney islands. Always respect the local environment and follow any safety advice or signs. Enjoy your visit to Orkney and stay safe!
Our commitment to your safety and enjoyment doesn’t end here. We’re always ready to provide more information and address any concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. We’re here to ensure your Orkney adventure is as safe as it is unforgettable.
For more detailed information about local services in Orkney, you can visit the official Orkney Islands Council website.