Top 5 Private GP Practices in Edinburgh
Do you live in Edinburgh, or the surrounding area, and are looking into seeing a private GP? Choosing a new GP may feel like a daunting and overwhelming process, with a lot of things to consider. This may be your first time considering private healthcare, and you may have lots of questions. Are you looking for private GP practices in Edinburgh? Some important points you may wish to think about when looking into a new GP clinic include:
opening hours that work for you
accessibility to appointments that suit you
services provided that fit your needs
Your healthcare is a very personal matter, and it is important to feel confident and comfortable with the clinic you choose. Here are our top five picks of private GP Practices in Edinburgh and the surrounding area:
#5 Spire Healthcare - Corstorphine
Located on Corstorphine Road within Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Spire Private GP clinic is easily accessible by car or bus from the centre of Edinburgh. The clinic operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9:30am and 12pm.
Spire provide 30-minute appointments for all, and a health questionnaire to be completed prior to attending. This allows for more time to be spent discussing patients' symptoms and concerns. Spire Healthcare offers a select number of services. These include referral to a consultant, providing private prescriptions and recommending scans and tests that may be required.
Spire Healthcare charge £120 for a private GP appointment. However, not every service is covered under this fee including health checks and sick notes. They have a helpful list on their website which includes the services not covered, which you should check prior to booking an appointment.
#4 City Health Clinic - Fountainbridge
The City Health Clinic is located in Fountainbridge, in the centre of Edinburgh. The clinic is open from 9am-5pm 5 days a week Monday – Friday. The clinic is also home to a dentist and provides facial aesthetic services.
This clinics private GP services specialise in Occupation Health and providing Health Screenings. GP appointments are usually available within 24-48 hours. Specialised services offered include climber medicals and UK Oil and Gas (OGUK) medicals.
All of the health screenings at City Health Clinic are conducted entirely by a doctor. There are three levels of health screening available: ‘Wellbeing’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Executive” depending on what information you would like from your screening.
Health Screenings start at £310, however, the website does not have any further information about costs for other services. Contacting the clinic directly would be the best way to get an idea of the price ranges for City Health Clinic.
#3 yourGP - Dean Village
Located in historic Dean Village, on the outskirts of Edinburgh City Centre, yourGP clinic provides some dedicated customer parking and nearby metered on-street parking for easy access. The practice is open six days a week, including one weekend day. The practice also offers short notice appointments, which can be the same day or within 24 hours of contacting the clinic.
yourGP offer a variety of five appointment lengths, starting at 15 minutes and going up to 1 hour. They also offer 15-minute telephone consultations, for patients who are unable to attend the practice. If you are staying locally within a 5-mile radius of the practice, you may also book a home visit with a GP to visit you where you are staying – be it at home or a hotel.
yourGP consultations start at £100 and range up to £300 for the longest appointment time. GP services such as a cervical smear costs £205 with a specialist doctor. A comprehensive list of the available services and prices are easily accessible on the yourGP webpage.
“I was surprised to meet a GP with such a ready smile and willingness to give me the time I needed. I felt we had a conversation as equals and that she actually heard what I said. A couple of blood tests, a physiotherapy referral and I am better than I have been in a very long time”
George – Newington – Marikie
#2 GP-Plus - Edinburgh City Centre
GP-Plus clinic is based in the city centre of Edinburgh, only a ten-minute walk from George Street. It is well serviced by local bus and tram routes in the centre. The clinic is open 9am-6pm Monday – Thursday, and 9am-4pm on a Friday.
There are two experienced GPs who run the GP-Plus clinic, and all appointments are up to 45 minutes long as standard. Services offered by the clinic include chronic pain management, weight management, vaccinations and travel health.
The clinic offers a comprehensive Occupational Health Service specifically designed for the corporate sector. This includes pre-placement assessments and on-site vaccinations. On-site vaccinations allow for large groups of employees to be vaccinated at the same time against common things such as the flu.
Fees for a GP consultation at GP-Plus start at £140, depending on the length of appointment. Consultant referrals cost £150, and non-urgent repeat prescriptions cost £35.
#1 The Edinburgh Clinic - Morningside
Based in a suburb of Edinburgh, just minutes away from the centre, The Edinburgh Clinic provide a wide variety of services within their clinic. The clinic offers free on-site parking for ease of access and is served by local bus routes. The clinic is open Monday - Friday between 7am and 8pm.
The Edinburgh Clinic offers four different lengths of GP appointments. Depending on the reason for the appointment, appointment times start at 15 minutes for shorter procedures such as the flu jab and repeat prescriptions. Longer appointment times of 30-, 45- and 60-minute appointments are available for more complex cases.
One of the GP services The Edinburgh Clinic offer is a mole screening service. This includes mole and skin lesion assessment, images taken and reviewed, and then stored securely for future comparison should the patient wish to join the yearly recall service.
GP appointments at The Edinburgh Clinic range from £100-£240. A classic health assessment costs £345 and the above mole screen service starts at £100. You can find a full list of fees on their website.
“The care and attention I received from all of the staff was second to none. The ambience of the Clinic was restful and comforting”
Deciding on a new GP can be a tough decision. It may take some trial and error before you find the right match. If this is your first time using private healthcare, you may be unsure of the process. Visiting a private GP will not impact on your current registration with your NHS GP. You are free to move between private and NHS healthcare as you choose.
When looking into a new GP, it is important to consider the variety of consultations that are available to fit around your busy schedule. At Vaila Health, we offer a selection of consultation types including telephone and video consultations which are accessible from anywhere in the UK.
Private video consultations allow you to see and talk to a GP within minutes. If required, you can collect a prescription from any pharmacy in the UK. Using the camera on your laptop, smartphone or tablet, you can securely talk to a GP and get advice quickly and conveniently. A video or telephone consultation is the perfect alternative if you’re unable to attend a clinic or are looking for advice quickly. If you would like more information on video consultation and how they work, head over to our blog post How to get the best out of your GP Video Consultation, or feel free to pop us an email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Private medical services in Edinburgh, read our article: How much does a Private GP appointment cost in Edinburgh?
Dr Darcy Wilson
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