Registering with a doctor in Scotland

From early breakthroughs like Fleming’s penicillin to ongoing life-changing research, Scots continue to revolutionise medicine. Good health care and our government’s commitment to creating a healthier Scotland means your wellbeing is looked after.

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Make sure you and your family have access to health care in Scotland by registering with a doctor, known as a General Practitioner (GP), shortly after you arrive. Your GP will often work alongside community health specialists like nurses and midwives. Where appropriate, they can refer you to hospitals or specialist clinics.

Register with a GP at your local medical centre – they’ll be able to tell you what documents you need to bring with you to sign up at their practice. Medical centres are normally open Monday to Friday between 8am – 6pm.

Services for you and your family

Once you register with a medical centre, you will be able to make appointments for:

  • General medical problems
  • Information about healthcare and ways to prevent illness
  • Advice about minor illnesses
  • Vaccinations - free for babies, young adults, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses

24 hour advice

NHS24 is an online and telephone-based service in Scotland that provides health information and advice, including where to find your local medical centre.

Get health information on NHS24.com or call 08454 24 24 24