Health in Edinburgh
with the best of intentions sometimes health difficulties
occur when you least expect it. Fortunately Edinburgh
is well equipped to offer you assistance when you need
In an emergency, ambulances can be called by telephoning
999 and emergency treatment is available to anyone who
needs it at the New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh [map].
Located in Little France this is Edinburgh’s
main hospital and Accident & Emergency centre since
The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in Lauriston Place closed
its doors in 2003.
Emergency dental care is provided by the Edinburgh
Non-emergency medical treatment, should you need it, is
free to citizens of EU countries, and to those citizens
whose countries have reciprocal agreements with the United
Kingdom. However if you are willing to pay you could try
the Edinburgh BUPA private hospital [map] at Murrayfield.
Chemists are able to provide non-prescription drugs and
medicines and Boots (Shandwick Place) has extended
opening hours, Monday - Saturday 8:00am – 9:00pm
and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Other chemists also
have extended opening times.
Family Planning advice can be obtained from the Brook
Advisory Clinic (0131 229 3596) in Castle Terrace.
For free confidential advice on sexually transmitted and
other diseases you can go to The Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) in the Lauriston Building, Lauriston Place. It’s
open Monday - Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, and until
6:30pm on Thursday..
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