Health and Social Services in the Falkland Islands

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A close-knit team, a pleasant environment and time to care

The Falkland Islands Government Department of Health and Social Services provides primary, community and secondary healthcare in the Islands as well as social services to vulnerable people in the community. It also provides a range of benefits for those most in need.

Our mission is to provide high quality, cost-effective health and social services which address the identified needs of the populations we serve, in order to preserve life, treat illness and promote lifelong well-being.

The resident population of the Islands is approximately 3,000. We also provide secondary care services to a further 1,800 military personnel and associated civilians at Mount Pleasant Airfield, 35 miles south- west of Stanley. We offer urgent and emergency care services to approximately 50,000 people who visit the islands each year. These include the crews of the foreign fishing vessels who fish in South Atlantic waters.

The service is headed by the Director of Health and Social Services, who is responsible to the Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands Government. Overall clinical responsibility lies with the Chief Medical Officer who is also the Government's adviser for all clinical and public health matters.


Health of the Nation

The general standard of health in the Is- lands is good, with a pattern of disease similar to that of most developed countries. There are slightly lower rates of cancer generally but higher rates of lung disease. There are also significant levels of mild to moderate mental health problems and alcohol abuse. Oral health is generally poor.

To date, problems of drug misuse are virtually unknown, as is HIV/AIDS. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the elderly population (approximately 87% in 10 years) coupled with an increasing birth rate, creating an inevitable increase in demand on health and social services.






Opening Hours


Monday to Friday

08.30 – 17.00 

Tel: 28000


Monday - Friday

08.30 – 16.30 

Out of hours  Tel: 28052

The casualty nurse is On-Call for all emergencies or ambulance call outs.


Monday - Friday

09.30 - 12.30 and 13.30 - 17.00

Primary Care Appointments

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 16.30


09.50 – 12.00 and 14.30 – 15.30

Dental appointments

Monday - Friday

08.30 – 12.00 and 13.30 – 15.30

Tel: 28020