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  1. 1. Overview
  2. 2. Free NHS treatment
  3. 3. Prescriptions, dental care, and sight tests
  4. 4. Hospital treatment

Free NHS treatment

Some types of healthcare are free to everyone and can be accessed by a person regardless of their immigration status.

Free services include:

  • GP services
  • NHS Walk in centres and minor injuries units
  • Services provided as part of the "NHS 111" telephone advice line
  • Services provided by health visitors and school nurses
  • Accident and emergency treatment at a hospital (up until admission as an in or out-patient
  • Family planning services (not including pregnancy termination)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of certain contagious diseases
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Treatment of a physical or mental condition caused by torture, female genital mutilation, domestic abuse or sexual violence when the patient has not travelled to the UK for the purpose of seeking such treatment
  • Palliative care services provided by a registered palliative care charity or a community interest company, for example, a hospice
  • Diagnosis and testing of Covid-19 (even if the result is negative)
  • Treatment of Covid-19
  • Vaccination against Covid-19
  • Continuing Health Care (CHC) and Funded Nursing Care (FNC)

See the NHS guide: How to register with a GP practice.

Doctors of the World have produced information in multiple languages about treatment for Covid-19.