Medical Information

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Visitors to the United Kingdom do not qualify for treatment under the National Health Service (NHS). U.S. citizens who are living temporarily in the United Kingdom should check if they qualify for free NHS treatment under the terms of their stay. U.S. citizen visitors are expected to pay for treatment at the time of the visit. All travelers should have sufficient medical insurance available to cover the cost of all medical treatment received while in the United Kingdom – fees are dealt with by the administrative offices of the individual medical institution. If you need a doctor while you are visiting Scotland, ask your hotel to put you in touch with their on-call physician. If you are staying with friends or family, try calling their doctor for treatment.

Admission to a hospital may require referral from a general practitioner or through a consultant. You should confirm this with the individual hospital. For an extensive list of clinics, hospitals, and general practitioners, please consult the Yellow Pages telephone directory, local Thompson Directory, or your local library. It is important to contact the doctor’s office (surgery) in advance for an appointment. The Consulate is aware of medical services in Scotland you may use, contact details below. BUPA has several Wellness Centers throughout Scotland offering private general practitioner services, health assessments and treatment. You can find your local service by visiting their website, www.bupa.co.uk/wellness/asp/locations/index.asp.

In an emergency (e.g. unconscious, serious bleeding, severe breathing difficulties) dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.

GP-Plus Edinburgh, One Wemyss Place, Edinburgh EH3 6DH
Web: gpplus.com
Telephone: 0845 1196049

The City Health Clinic, 51 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH 2DJ
Telephone 0131 228 2442

GP Matters Glasgow, 87 Barrington Drive, Glasgow G4 9ES
Web: gpmatters.com
Telephone: 0141 339 0894

Albyn Hospital Aberdeen, 21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen AB10 1RW
Web: www.bmilhealthcare.co.uk/ablbyn
Telephone: 01224 595993

There are accident and emergency departments at hospitals throughout Scotland including:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Cresent, Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84 Castle Street, Glasgow G4 0SF
Telephone 0141 211 4000

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN

If you are still having problems finding a doctor, please call us on 0131 556 8315.