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The NHS provides the majority of healthcare in England, including primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology and dentistry. Whether or not you can get free NHS treatment depends on your country of residence, not your citizenship. This means that as long as you are living in London you will receive the same healthcare service as any other UK national. The amount of NHS charges will depend on when the incident or injury occurred. The charges will relate to either treatment provided with admission to hospital or treatment provided without admission to hospital, but not both. Most standard GP visits are free of charge, but as of April 2011 there is a charge for prescriptions22.

Registering with a GP Once you’ve settled in to an area, you should start thinking about what healthcare services you may need as a permanent resident in London. It’s a good idea to start by finding a local GP. If you fail to register soon after arrival and need the services of a GP later, you will not be able to access a GP very quickly, as you will have to wait until the registration process is finalised. Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:

Useful websites www.nhs.uk General NHS website www.london.nhs.uk NHS London www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk (0845 4647) Round-the-clock clinical information and advice www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories Find a health service near you www.patient.co.uk Comprehensive information on health services in the UK

National Health Service

I have been to see the GP over here twice… I found it really strange that I didn’t need to pay. Your local GP provides: advice on health problems vaccinations examinations and treatment prescriptions for medicines referrals to other health services and social services

Your surgery should be able to offer you an appointment to see a GP or other healthcare professional quickly

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Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.

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