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UK’s National Health Service is called the NHS. Medical services are
offered by the Government through GPs (General Practitioners) and
hospitals, treatment is free for all GP registered legal visa holders(work
permits or students more than 6 months course) , Outpatients may need
to buy their medicines depending on their treatment, for pregnant
women and children most of the medicines are free, for Visitors and
others the cost of your treatment depends on the nature of your treatment
and the length of your course, it is usually very expressive
Free NHS treatment is available for anyone:
Needing compulsory psychiatric treatment.
With certain communicable diseases.
In an accident or emergency (but not follow-up treatment).
There are many private Hospitals,Opticians and in UK but these are
all very expensive
| General practitioners
(GPs), provide an essential medical service for all registered people.
They are the first people to call when any one have a health problem.
They provide many services, such as:
General health advice and treatment
Contraception and maternity services
In order to use free NHS services you must register with one GP (General
Everyone has the right to be registered with a GP. In most cases,
it is only possible to register with a GP near to where you live
find out GP near to your home, to find a doctor in the area where
you live you can check www.nhs.uk/root/localnhsservices
the GP surgery to make an appointment to register
the surgery(GP) what documents you need to bring with you(usually
Passport or residential proof, some GPs may not ask any thing)
may take some routine tests and investigations and send you the Medical
card to your home by post
(A doctor may refuse to register you, if for example his or her list
If you have tried to register at four GPs and have been refused
by them all, contact Local NHS Hospital they will find out GP for
Changing your GP:
Changing your registration to new GP is similar to registering.
UK you cannot buy medicines without UK Doctor prescription (Except
Paracetamole, Ibruffen and some other medicines like Vitamins)
cannot buy medicines with foreign prescriptions.
cannot get any free NHS treatment before GP Registration.
medicines costs are fixed (Ex. £ 6-30 per item irrespective
of medicine whether it is simple paracetamole or expensive anti cancerous)