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10 Best Hospitals in Scotland

10 Best Hospitals in Scotland

Scotland has a wonderfully more efficient healthcare system. It’s  managed by the government and paid through taxation, which means residents are entitled to free and good health services and facilities. 

For those wondering about healthcare facilities in particular, here’s a list of the best hospitals in Scotland.

1. Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Address: 84 Castle St, Glasgow, G4 0SF, UK

Contact details: +44 141 211 4000

Operating hours: Always open

Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) ranked 14th in the 2023 Newsweek and Statista list of best hospitals across the United Kingdom. Established in 1794, this famous hospital in Scotland currently has over 5,000 employees, 1,077 beds and 70 wards

2. Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Address: 51 Little France Cres, Old Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh, EH16 4SA, UK

Contact details: +44 131 536 1000

Operating hours: Always open

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is under the care of NHS Scotland. It’s a high-ranked hospital that earned a score of 80.3%  in the research done by Newsweek and Statista this year.

It’s mainly known for its 24-hour accident and emergency department with its vast range of acute medical and surgical services, especially for respiratory diseases and sleep medicine.

3. Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Address: 1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow, G51 4TF, UK

Contact details: +44 141 201 1100

Operating hours: Always open

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) is under the management of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, like GRI. It ranked 56th in the Newsweek list with a score of 78.8%.

Although it was only built in 2015, this 14-storey building is one of the largest hospitals in the UK, with 1,677 beds and around 14,300 employees. Itsspecialisations include cardiology and ENT among others.

4. University Hospital Wishaw


Address: 50 Netherton St, Wishaw, ML2 0DP, UK

Contact details: +44 169 836 1100

Operating hours: Always open

With 626 beds, Wishaw General Hospital is one of the best hospitals in Scotland under the NHS Lanarkshire. This district general hospital has a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department with a large maternity unit, delivering 5,500 babies each year.

It also has a unit for newly borns and wards for the elderly needing special care.

5. Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital

Address: 25 Beaconsfield Rd, Glasgow, G12 0PJ, UK

Contact details: +44 141 334 9441

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday – Closed

Nuffield Health Glasgow Hospital is a private facility that offers high-quality treatment and care for its patients. They have an on-site diagnostic imaging department, pathology laboratory, endoscopy room and more.

There’s free on-site parking and a 24-hour resident medical officer for emergencies.

6. Albyn Hospital


Address: 21 Albyn PI, Aberdeen, AB10 1RW, UK

Contact details: +44 122 459 5993

Operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 8 AM – 9 PM
  • Saturday to Sunday – 10 AM – 9 PM

The Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen is under Circle Health Group, a leading provider of healthcare services across the UK. It’s a private hospital offering different treatments including eye surgery and general surgery. 

7. Lorn and Islands Hospital


Address: Glengallan Rd, Oban, Argyll, PA34 4HH, UK

Contact details: +44 163 156 7500

Operating hours: Always open

Found in the southern outskirts of Oban, Lorn and Islands Hospital provides acute and general medicine services for residents of the rural community. They have eight resident consultants with a junior doctor support staff aside from anaesthetists.

Also, this general hospital under NHS Highland provides special care for elderly and pregnant patients.

8. Peterhead Community Hospital


Address: Links Terrace, Peterhead, AB42 2XB, UK

Contact details: +44 177 947 8234

Operating hours: Always open

Found in the white fishing port town of Peterhead, this community hospital is part of the North Aberdeenshire Local Community Health Partnership (NALCHP). Initially established in 1939, it  went through a big reconstruction later on.

It was opened again in August 1994 by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and has now been providing services to over 20,000 residents in the area.

9. Woodend Hospital

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Address: Eday Rd, Aberdeen, AB15 6XS, UK

Contact details: +44 345 456 6000

Operating hours: Always open

Woodend is a municipal hospital in Aberdeen that opened in 1927. They offer a wide range of services like orthopaedics and audiology.

It’s currently owned and operated by NHS Grampian, a healthcare service provider for residents in Grampian.

10. Glenrothes Hospital


Address: 1 Lodge Rise, Glenrothes, KY7 5TG, UK

Contact details: +44 159 274 3505

Operating hours: Always open

Glenrothes Hospital is a community hospital that opened in October 1981. It has more than 80 nursing staff and over 60 beds.

They offer X-ray and district nursing services among others.

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