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*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.

Emergency department

For accidents or serious emergencies such as

  • strokes
  • heart attacks
  • head injuries
  • wounds requiring stitches

go to the nearest Emergency department or call 999 now.

Should you go to A&E?

Before seeking medical care, please consider which service is most appropriate.

Get the right care from the right place. A&E is still open if you need emergency care. But many health issues can be handled online, on the phone, or at your local healthcare provider, saving you time and effort.

About our A&Es

We have five A&Es that are always open to treat patients who have a serious injury or medical emergency.

They are at:

  • Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Royal Hospital for Children
  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley
  • Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock

It is important that you only use the Emergency department for serious injuries and major emergencies.

If you think it is an emergency phone 999.

There are Minor Injury Units (MIUs), GP services, NHS 24 on 111, and your pharmacy for everything else.

If your child needs emergency care, know where to go 

Wherever you live in the NHSGGC area, babies of 0-12 months should be taken to the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

The Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the RAH in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital are always open. All these hospitals treat children over 1 year with a medical emergency or serious injury.

Major Emergency

If a child is seriously injured or becomes so unwell that you think it is an emergency you should dial 999 straight away. The Scottish Ambulance Service will usually take your child to the Royal Hospital for Children. Sometimes they may deem it more appropriate to go to a closer Emergency department.


Last Updated: 22 September 2020