The NHS Grampian, an affiliate of the Scottish National Health Services (NHS), is the main provider of healthcare in Aberdeen. Healthcare in Aberdeen is excellent, with the NHS offering pioneering treatments. While most expats in Aberdeen choose public healthcare, those who can afford it use the private sector to skip long waiting times.

To receive treatment under the national system, expats must register with a local general practitioner. GPs are the first port of call for non-emergency medical concerns. Appointments with specialists can only be made via referral from a GP.

Scotland was the first country in the UK to eliminate prescription fees, meaning residents do not have to pay for medication prescribed by their doctors. Full-time students are also eligible for free healthcare under the NHS Grampian, as the system is tax-funded. 

The downside of public healthcare in Aberdeen is that patients often face long waiting lists for treatment. Waiting times at private hospitals are much shorter, but they can be extremely pricey. For this reason, expats wanting to use private medical treatment are advised to invest in medical insurance to cover the costs.

Read Healthcare in the UK to learn more about the country's overall healthcare system. 

Below is a selection of recommended public and private hospitals in Aberdeen.

Public hospitals in Aberdeen

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Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Address: Foresterhill Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN

Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Address: Cornhill Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2ZL

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital

Address: Westburn Rd, Aberdeen AB25 2ZG

Private hospitals in Aberdeen

Albyn Hospital

Address: 21–24 Albyn Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1RW

The Aberdeen Clinic

Address: 387A N Deeside Rd, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9SX

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