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If your child needs emergency care...

... know where to go

  • The A&E Department of the new The Royal Hospital For Children Glasgow opened at 8.00am on Wednesday 10th June 2015 and will see children up to their 16th birthday.

It is important to know when it is appropriate to use an A&E Department and when it is better to go elsewhere. 

Use our postcode finder to see which is the right A&E or MIU service for your child. (Updates in line with changes and closures)

The information below is a useful guide to keep handy.

Major Emergency

If your child is seriously injured or becomes so unwell that you think it is an emergency, you should dial 999. The Scottish Ambulance Service will to take your child to the new Royal Hospital for Children unless they deem it more appropriate to go to a closer A&E Department.

Minor Injury

If your child has a minor injury such as a cut (including one that may require stitches), a minor burn or a broken bone there are a range of options for speedy treatment depending on his or her age:

If you live in Greater Glasgow

  • Under 1-year-olds: go to the new The Royal Hospital For Children Glasgow A&E in Govan
  • 1 to 5-year-olds: go to either the new The Royal Hospital For Children Glasgow A&E in Govan or Glasgow Royal Infirmary A&E
  • 5 to 15-year-olds: go to the nearest Minor Injury Unit (MIU). These are located at New Stobhill Hospital, New Victoria Hospital and West Glasgow MIU located at the Western Infirmary. You can also attend either the new Royal Hospital for Children A&E in Govan or Glasgow Royal Infirmary A&E (both also have a dedicated area to treat minor injuries).

If you live in the Clyde Area

  • Under 1-year-olds: go to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley
  • 1 to 5-year-olds: go to either the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock,or the Vale of Leven Minor Injury Unit
  • 5-15-year-olds: go to the nearest Minor Injury Unit. These are located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock,or the Vale of Leven Minor Injury Unit. (Both A&Es have a dedicated area to treat minor injuries.)

Know who to turn to - for advice on a range of options for non-urgent care and what to do when your GP is closed.