Healthcare in Glasgow

Expats who find themselves in need of medical attention are sure to be well-served by healthcare in Glasgow. The UK's healthcare system, the National Health Service (NHS), is generally considered a success, and all expats legally resident in the UK are eligible for subsidised or free treatment.

Technically there are two types of hospitals in the UK: public hospitals run by the NHS, and private hospitals run by other entities. However, in practice there is little difference between the two. Both public and private hospitals have excellent facilities and care. For this reason, very few people in Scotland specifically use private facilities. Still, some expats may nevertheless prefer to use private facilities in order to skip over the public sector's waiting times. If they plan to use private healthcare, expats should invest in a private health insurance policy to cover costs.

To make use of the NHS, expats must make an appointment with an NHS-approved GP, a list of which can be found on the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde website. Patients requiring specialist treatment will need to consult with a GP first before being referred to a specialist.

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 with a specialisation 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 Glasgow


Glasgow Royal Infirmary

84 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF


New Victoria Hospital

52 Grange Road, Glasgow G42 9LF


Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER


Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 4TF


Stobhill Hospital

133 Balornock Road, Glasgow G21 3UW

Private hospitals in Glasgow


Nuffield Health Glasgow

25 Beaconsfield Rd, Glasgow G12 0PJ


BMI Ross Hall Hospital

221 Crookston Road, Glasgow G52 3NQ