Healthcare in Aberdeen
The NHS Grampian, an affiliate of the Scottish National Health Services (NHS), is the main provider of healthcare in Aberdeen.
Healthcare in the UK is administrated at a country level, so NHS Scotland is separate from the English NHS, but cross-border cooperation means that patients often don’t realise this.
While most expats in Aberdeen choose public healthcare, those who can afford it also make use of the private sector.
To receive treatment under the national system, an expat would need to see a general practitioner (GP) and ask to be registered as an NHS patient. This is free of charge and the NHS Helpline can help new arrivals with finding a GP, which is necessary to access specialists in the public sector.
The downside of public healthcare in Aberdeen is that patients often face long waiting lists to get treatment. On the other hand, waiting times at private hospitals are much shorter, but they can be extremely pricey. For this reason, expats wanting to make use of private medical treatment are advised to invest in medical insurance to cover the costs.
Below is a selection of recommended public and private hospitals in Aberdeen.
Public hospitals in Aberdeen
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Address: Foresterhill, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
Address: Cornhill Road, Foresterhill, Aberdeen
Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital
Address: Westburn Road, Foresterhill, Aberdeen
Private hospitals in Aberdeen
BMI Albyn Hospital
Address: 21-24 Albyn Place, Aberdeen
The Aberdeen Clinic
Address: 387a North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen