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

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Address: 12 Junction Place, Edinburgh

 

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Address: 51 Little France Crescent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

 

Royal Hospital for Sick Children

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Address: 9 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh

 

Western General Hospital

www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Address: Crewe Road South, Edinburgh


Private hospitals in Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh Clinic

www.edinburghclinic.com

Address: 40 Colinton Road, Edinburgh

 

Edinburgh Medical Centre

www.nuffieldhealth.com/clinics/edinburgh-medical-centre

Address: 5 New Mart Road, Edinburgh

 

Spire Murrayfield Hospital

www.spirehealthcare.com

Address: 122 Corstorphine Rd, Edinburgh

 

Spire Shawfair Park Hospital

www.spirehealthcare.com

Address: 10 Easter Shawfair, Edinburgh

Rebecca Manor Our Expat Expert

Rebecca Manor is an American expat who moved to Edinburgh in 2007 with her husband.  Inspired by this gorgeous city, she maintains an award-winning blog where she writes about expat life, photography, literature, food, travel, cultural differences, and much more.  Visit her blog at scottybecca.wordpress.com.