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 website will help in finding which practices serve different areas. 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 health insurance.

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