The NHS is the UK’s state health service, which provides treatment for UK residents. Some services are free, other have to be paid for. The regulations that govern who can and can’t receive treatment are complex and may change.
A person who is regarded as ordinarily resident in the UK is eligible for free treatment by a GP. A person is ‘ordinarily resident’ for this purpose if lawfully living in the UK for a settled purpose as part of the regular order of his or her life for the time being. Anyone coming to live in this country would qualify as ordinarily resident. Overseas visitors to the UK are not regarded as ordinarily resident if they do not meet this description.
The following NHS treatment is available to anyone: –
- Treatment in an emergency (but not follow up treatment)
- Treatment of certain communicable diseases
- Compulsory psychiatric treatment
To qualify for other NHS treatments you must meet certain conditions.
EU Nationals and NON EU Nationals
The regulations covering the above are complex. The Practice Manager and the Reception Team can advise on each individual situation for eligibility.
If you need immediate medical assistance (e.g. because of an accident) telephone 999 – the call is free. An operator will ask you which emergency service you require (fire, police or ambulance). You will need to tell the emergency services what has happened and where you are. If someone is injured and needs to go to hospital an ambulance will arrive and take them to the nearest hospital with an emergency department.
If you need urgent treatment but are well enough to travel please make your own way to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If you are unsure if you are entitled to receive treatment please ask at the Reception.
Please note that although you might be entitled to free treatment from the Practice, secondary care services such as Maternity may bill you for their services – you would be notified of this prior to treatment beginning and this is between that service provider and you the patient.