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Safety In Glasgow
Glasgow can get bad press in terms of safety but it’s really no worse than any other big city in Britain or Western Europe and the rules are the same. In general, the city's worst trouble spots are well away from the central areas and it would be impossible for a tourist to accidentally venture into them unless in a car or on public transport.
At night, the Merchant City area of the city centre and Byres Road in the West End are good options for nice areas with good bars/restaurants that will still be busy, but less rowdy than the city centre in the evenings. Once away from the bustle of Byres Road, there are very quiet streets, poorly lit and with unkempt greenery (an ideal place for a potential attacker) . These are best avoided by those who are alone and do not know the area as you can become disorientated very quickly.
The green spaces of Glasgow such as Kelvingrove Park are very enjoyable during the day but have no lighting in order to protect wildlife. Walking in the parks after dusk should be avoided at all cost.
At night, and particularly at weekends, the city centre can often be overrun by drunken behaviour. Friday and Saturday nights in particular on Sauchiehall Street although it is highly unlikely that you will encounter any problems this area is mostly full of young people out to enjoy the popular bar scene that exists in this area. As with any UK city, there is always a strong police presence in the city centre on weekend nights to help defuse any trouble that looks likely to start.
The western areas of Argyle Street, Broomielaw, the backstreets around (and underneath) Central Station and Union Street should be avoided after dark. These areas are poorly lit and tend to attract criminal activity.
Prostitution is a fact of life in all large cities and Glasgow is no exception - whilst the criminalisation of "kerb crawling" in 2005 has to a large extent moved some of the problem out of its traditional hot spot of Blythswood Hill and Anderston Cross - it has by no means gone away. You may be approached by women touting for business in these areas - kerb crawling is illegal in Scotland. There is a high risk that a young woman walking alone at night in the area of the Broomielaw and around Central Station will be mistaken for a prostitute, putting her at a serious risk of danger.
At night you can keep yourself safe by travelling in a group and looking out for one another. Do not let friends, especially those under the influence of alcohol attempt to walk home alone, especially if they are unfamiliar with the city. Familiarise yourself with the modes of transport available at night, otherwise get a taxi.
Health In Glasgow
Glasgow is served by the National Health Service, which is free of charge to all EU citizens. Non-EU citizens may be billed for treatment, so insurance is advised. In a medical emergency the patient (whether an EU or overseas citizen) will not be required to give proof of ability to pay or proof of insurance before treatment is administered.
Should non-emergency medical attention be required, hotels and accommodation providers will have the contact details of the local general practitioners/doctors surgeries. Pharmacists at chemists/drug stores (such as Boots or Lloyds) can provide over the counter health advice and dispense medication for minor ailments. If internet access is available the government's National Health Service website NHS24 may be of help in deciding what to do and who to contact when someone is ill.
Glasgow is well served by several large hospitals with casualty departments in the event of an emergency. Nearest the city centre is the Royal Infirmary on Castle Street in the North East of the city. In the West End there is the aptly named Western Infirmary at the Partick end of Byres Road. The number for the emergency services is 999, the same as the rest of the UK.
If you have an eye problem you can attend any high street optometrist for advice, treatment and/or onward referral to a doctor. You can also attend the nearest casualty department.
There is a large, centralised family planning and sexual health centre: the Sandyford Initiative on Argyle Street near Charing Cross. This can be difficult to spot as is quite discretely signposted at street level. Keep your eye open for the large, art deco building with "Eye Infirmary" as the building used to be the old Eye Hospital before it moved! You can drop in for a sexual health or contraceptive emergency in the morning and will be seen that day every weekday. See their website for cut-offs for the drop-in clinics. There are several Sandyford "Hubs" around the suburbs of the city which also have clinics.
Non-emergencies should attend a General Practitioner. There are many clinics dotted around the city who will have emergency appointments.