Disability and Learning Support Service

Emergency contact for students

If you need assistance as a matter of urgency either during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m.) or in the evening or at the weekend and you are uncertain who to contact this page should provide you with the guidance that you need.

Urgent medical attention

If you feel that you need urgent medical assistance you should contact your own doctor directly.

For students registered with the University’s Health Centre the contact details are as follows:

The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



6 Bristo Square

Post Code

Obviously not all illnesses occur within surgery hours. Overnight, at weekends and on public holidays when the Health Centre or other GP practices are closed, NHS24 can be contacted on Freephone 111 for advice or check out their online service.

NHS online service - www.nhs24.com

IMPORTANT - In a medical emergency please phone the Emergency Services number on 999.

Telephone helpline services

Nightline: 0131 557 4444

This service is an anonymous and confidential support & information service run specially for students in Edinburgh. Calls are answered by trained student volunteers who are here to help you talk through anything you want, in your own time. All calls to Nightline are completely anonymous and confidential; you will be speaking to someone who doesn’t know who you are and who you don’t risk bumping into in lectures the next day. You can also chat to Nightline online.


Samaritans: Freephone 116 123

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. The service is available by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most branches.