Healthcare information for visitors to Edinburgh during August 2017

Large numbers of visitors will be in Edinburgh for the city’s summer festivals. For those who become unwell and need medical help or advice, please follow the information below, which aims to guide you to the most appropriate healthcare service.

Local pharmacies

Pharmacies will provide you with help and advice on common health problems, minor ailments and questions about medicines. If you are from the United Kingdom and run out of repeat medication, a pharmacy may be able to help you get a prescription from your own GP practice or an emergency supply.

For more information on pharmacies and to find the pharmacy nearest to you, see the NHS 24 website at

Minor Injuries Clinic

For minor ailments and injuries (minor cuts / burns, wound infections, sprains and small bone breaks (from shoulder to fingers and knees to toes), go to the Minor Injuries Clinic, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh (closest entrance via Porterfield Road).

The clinic treats adults and children over one year old and is staffed by specialist nurse, paramedic and physiotherapy practitioners.

The clinic is open every day from 8am - 9pm (the last patient book-in is at 8.30pm). No appointment necessary. If you want to check if your injury is suitable for treatment at the Minor Injuries Clinic, phone the clinic before your visit on 0131 537 3481.

More information on the Minor Injuries Clinic is on our website at

Chalmers Centre

The Chalmers Centre provides care and advice on sexual health issues, including emergency contraception. For appointments and advice, call 0131 536 1070 or visit for more information.

NHS inform

For advice on common health problems, see the NHS inform website at

GP surgeries

If you are acutely ill and need contact with a General Practitioner (GP/family doctor) that day, you should first phone a local GP practice. To find the GP practice nearest you, see the NHS 24 website at

Alternatively, phone 0131 667 3925, where there are a number of additional appointments available between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, from 4 August to 28 August.

Healthcare at night and weekends

For healthcare advice between 6pm and 8am and at weekends, please call NHS 24 on 111. NHS 24 will organise an appointment with a doctor, if necessary.

Emergency dental treatment

For information on emergency dental care, see the NHS 24 website at

Hospital Emergency Departments

NHS Lothian has hospital Emergency Departments at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St John’s Hospital, Livingston and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.

These services are for urgent and emergency situations only. Emergency departments are not an alternative to your GP, so don’t go to them if a GP can’t see you immediately or when your GP surgery is closed. Please help to keep our emergency departments free for those who really need their help and ask yourself: “Do I really need emergency treatment?”

For more details on emergency departments and emergency situations, see our website at:

Emergency ambulances and 999 calls

If at any time you think you need an emergency ambulance for a life-threatening condition, call 999.

Public Transport

Car parking spaces are limited at our hospital sites. There are excellent public transport links to our hospitals, with Edinburgh and the Lothians well-served by a network of buses. There are a number of dedicated cycle paths offering safer, traffic-free routes for cyclists.

Links to bus/tram, train and cycle websites are on our website at

The Lothian Buses ‘Journey Planner’ is on the Lothian Buses website at: