Health, Hospitals and Pharmacies
first aid/emergency care is free for all visitors. After this patients
are charged for health care unless your country has a reciprocal
health agreement with the United Kingdom. Countries with this agreement
All EU nations
(except Danish residents of the Faroe Islands), Anguilla, Australia,
Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Channel Islands (only
if you are staying less than three months), Czech Republic, Falkland
Islands, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Malta (for stays up to 30
days), Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian
Federation, St Helena, Slovak Republic, Turks & Caicos Islands
and Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).
differ from nation to nation: full details of individual agreements
are available from the Department
you need an ambulance call 999 and give the operator a detailed
explanation of your location, and the nature of the emergency.
emergency departments at local hospitals will treat serious injury
and sudden illness. If it is not an emergency you should go to a
doctor. The following hospitals have 24-hour walk-in accident and
Infirmary of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH3 9YW
Tel: + 44 0131 536 1000
Hospital at Howden
Howden Road West
Livingston EH54 6PP
Tel: + 44 01506 419 666
Queen Margaret Hospital
Dunfermline KY12 0SU
Tel: + 44 0138 362 3623
Kirkcaldy KY2 5AH
Tel: + 44 0159 264 335
Check the Yellow Pages for address details of pharmacies. We have
listed some pharmacies in central Edinburgh.
11 Princes St
Edinburgh EH2 2AN
Tel: +44 0131 558 7502
40-44 North Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1QN
Tel: +44 0131 220 1879
4-6 St James Centre
Edinburgh EH1 3SR
Tel: +44 0131 557 8959
& Co Chemists
45 Forrest Rd
Edinburgh EH1 2QP
Tel: +44 0131 225 7770
Chemists operate on a late-night rota. Details of your late-night
chemists are usually listed in your local press. In an emergency,
you must go to a hospital accident & emergency department.
Health Service Line can provide you with details of local dentists.
In order to receive emergency treatment you must register with a
local dentist. Once you have done so you are eligible for 24-hour
emergency treatment at NHS dental practices.
In an emergency,
call your local surgery for a recorded message to find out which
local dentist is on duty.
For more information,
call the NHS Line: 0800 224 488 (free phone)