Public and emergency services

In the event that you require medical or emergency assistance during your stay please follow these guidelines.

There are three most commonly used emergency services in the UK. These are:

  • The Police
  • The Fire Service
  • The Emergency Medical Service

Other services available include mountain rescue, cave rescue, coastguard and lifeboat.

Emergency numbers

In the event of an emergency, all of these services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112. These calls can be made from any phone and are free of charge.

For non-emergency healthcare dial 111 to speak to NHS 24.

Dial 101 to contact the police for non-emergency enquiries or to file a police report.

Pharmacies can offer treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor injuries. Find your nearest pharmacy on NHS Inform.

For dental emergencies call Chalmers Emergency Dental Centre on 0131 537 8801 or 0131 537 8802, Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm. During out of calls call NHS 24 on 111.

If you require an optician, a list of local opticians can be found on NHS Inform.

Find more hints and tips on planning your stay

From what to pack to what money you can use, plan for your trip with confidence using our Planning section.