Go to a pharmacy if you need help with things like:
- common health problems – such as coughs, colds, indigestion and diarrhoea
- minor ailments – such as aches and pains
- questions about your medicines
Find your nearest pharmacy.
Ask a GP practice if they can register you as a temporary resident, if you are ill and think you need to see a family doctor, or if you run out of your medicines.
Find your nearest GP practice.
Minor injuries units
Go to a minor injuries unit if you need treatment for things like:
- minor cuts and burns
- wound infections
- small bone breaks (from shoulder to fingers and knees to toes)
Find your nearest minor injuries unit.
NHS 24 111 service
Phone NHS 24 on 111 if you're unwell when your local pharmacy and GP practices are closed and you can't wait until they reopen.
Emergency dental treatment
If you have a dental emergency, like an abscess in the mouth, or if you have knocked out a tooth you can get emergency dental care.
Accident and emergency (A&E) departments
You should only go to A&E for urgent and emergency situations, and never as an alternative to visiting a GP. If the GP practice is closed and you are too ill to wait until it re-opens, phone NHS 24 on 111.
In an emergency (if your condition is very serious), go to the nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or phone 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Find your nearest A&E department.
Visitors from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
If you normally live in an EEA country or Switzerland, you will not have to pay for treatment that is necessary while you are in Scotland. Some services are free for everyone, including emergency care in a hospital, emergency care at a GP practice, and emergency transport in an ambulance.
If you need treatment, NHS staff may ask to see your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).