Healthcare in Edinburgh
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.
While plagued by some controversies, the NHS is generally efficient and provides high-quality care. Expats will find that the waiting times for appointments are generally shorter than in England; often a same-day appointment can even be booked. Although some systematic red tape can cause irritation, expats who have never benefited from nationalised healthcare may be pleasantly surprised.
Upon finding accommodation in Edinburgh, expats will need to register with a “surgery”, the term for a General Practitioner’s (GP) practice. The NHS website will help in finding which practices serve the different areas. Once registered, expats will be given an NHS number, and obtaining an appointment becomes quick and easy.
Private healthcare is also available, though it can be prohibitively expensive and the elevated standard of complimentary public care leads many expats to forego this excess cost.
Public hospitals in Edinburgh (NHS)
Leith Community Treatment Centre
Address: 12 Junction Place, Edinburgh
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Address: 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Address: 9 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh
Western General Hospital
Address: Crewe Road South, Edinburgh
Private hospitals in Edinburgh
Address: 40 Colinton Road, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Medical Centre
Address: 5 New Mart Road, Edinburgh
Spire Murrayfield Hospital
Address: 122 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh
Spire Shawfair Park Hospital
Address: 10 Easter Shawfair, Edinburgh