Medical treatment for visitors from abroad

If you require immediate necessary treatment we will help you. Bring your passport to show if you reside within the European Econmic Area or in a country where the UK has a bilateral agreement. The rules are complex and seem to be forever changing, so please bear with us while we clarify matters.

Eligibility to “free” NHS care relates to whether you are “ordinarily resident in the UK” This normally means you are lawfully living in the UK for a settled purpose for more than 6 months. Some patients say that they plan to reside in the UK and in these cases we may ask to see some documentary evidence that they are working locally or a student or a refugee or asylum seeker etc.

If you are a temporary visitor we can

  • register you as one of our patients (only if you are staying for 3 months or more) but this does not necessarily mean you are able to get free hospital treatment.
  • treat you as a private patient and agree a fee with you depending on your needs. A consultation with a doctor for up to 15 minutes is charged at £35 and if medications are prescribed there will be further charges to cover the cost of a private prescription and any drugs supplied. At Kingskerswell a local Pharmacy will supply and charge for the drugs. You should be able to claim for these costs under travel insurance – we will provide a receipted invoice for you.

Both health centres can arrange access to interpreters who can assist patients who do not speak or understand English, or for whom English is a second language. The interpreter is available via telephone and as additional consultation time will be required some advanced notification would be appreciated.