If you think you need to visit A&E but it’s not life threatening, you can phone NHS 24 on 111, day or night.
NHS 24 will help you get the right care in the right place, often closer to home and without the need to go to A&E. This may include a phone or video consultation.
Or, you can still contact your GP practice during opening hours.
If it’s a life threatening emergency, you should phone 999 or go directly to A&E.
You can access urgent care from NHS 24 on 111 in different ways.
If English isn’t your first or preferred language, you can use the free interpretation service Language Line.
If you use British Sign Language (BSL), you can use the free BSL interpreting video relay service Contact Scotland BSL.
More information about Right care right place in BSL.
If you use a textphone you can contact NHS 24 on 18001 111.
Or, you can contact NHS 24 with the Relay UK app.
If you think you need to visit a MIU, you should call NHS 24 on 111. NHS 24 will direct you to the best care for your needs. A MIU can help if you:
Visiting a MIU can often be quicker than going to A&E.
We provide accurate and reliable health information to help you make informed decisions.
You can access our information on topics such as:
Community health care services include pharmacies, GP practices, dentists and optometrists (opticians).
Our mental health resources include:
If you’re struggling with your mental health or need emotional support, you can phone Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87. Breathing Space is available on weekdays from 6.00pm to 2.00am and at weekends from Friday 6.00pm to Monday 6.00am.
For urgent mental health support, phone NHS 24 on 111, day or night.
If you need help to find the right care in the right place, use Scotland’s Service Directory. It has the names, addresses, opening times and service details for a wide range of NHS services in Scotland.