Expats will have numerous options for private and public healthcare in Edinburgh. Public sector services are provided by the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland. All citizens and residents are eligible for enrolment in this system, funded through deductions from salaries. In short, no payment is required for doctor or hospital visits.

The NHS is generally efficient and provides high-quality care. Upon finding accommodation in Edinburgh, expats will need to register with a 'surgery', the term for a General Practitioner’s (GP) practice. The NHS Inform website will help in finding which practices serve different areas, as well as plenty of other info. Once registered, expats will be given an NHS number, after which getting an appointment becomes quick and easy.

Private healthcare is also available, though it can be prohibitively expensive, and the superb standard of complimentary public care leads many expats to forego this additional cost. Some expats do choose to use private healthcare in order to skip the waiting periods characteristic of the public sector. If planning to use private healthcare, it is recommended that expats invest in good comprehensive health insurance.

In the case of a medical emergency (where someone is seriously ill or injured) an ambulance should be called on 999. If medical attention or advice is needed in a non-life-threatening instance, NHS 111 should be dialled instead. 

Ambulances called on the national number will take the patient to the nearest NHS hospital. Once the patient has been examined, they may be sent to another hospital specialising in the patient's particular ailment. This may be a public or private hospital, but as long as the initial hospital was an NHS hospital, the NHS will pay for the treatment regardless.


Public hospitals in Edinburgh

Leith Community Treatment Centre

Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Address: Junction Place, Edinburgh

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 

Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Address: 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Address: 9 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh

Western General Hospital

Website: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Address: Crewe Road South, Edinburgh


Private hospitals in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Clinic

Website: www.edinburghclinic.com
Address: 40 Colinton Road, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Medical Centre

Website: www.nuffieldhealth.com
Address: 5 New Mart Road, Edinburgh

Spire Murrayfield Hospital

Website: www.spirehealthcare.com
Address: 122 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh

Spire Shawfair Park Hospital

Website: www.spirehealthcare.com
Address: 10 Easter Shawfair, Edinburgh

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