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infection and rashes, fractures and lacerations, emergency contraception and advice stomach upsets, cuts and bruises, and burns and strains. NHS walk-in centres are usually managed by a nurse and are available to everyone. Patients do not need an appointment. Most centres are open 365 days a year and outside office hours.

The concrete jungle-ness of it would get you down… and the loneliness. It’s really hard to make friends and to have a life outside of college and the home.

Emotional and mental health

Moving to a new city can be stressful. Some of the individuals we spoke to said they found it difficult to make friends in London, and others said that they did not plan their move very well, which caused them stress. It is very important that you spend time planning your move so that you do not encounter this type of stress. There are a range of services available through the NHS should you experience any stress or anxiety during the course

of your move to London. Organisations like Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy (Icap) have a proven track record of helping Irish people in emotional distress who are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress. We recommend that you contact Icap as soon as you begin to experience any form of stress or anxiety. Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy 0207 272 7906

These centres deal with minor illnesses and injuries, including:

The move definitely made me drink more. I get worried about it; it’s not all parties down by Big Ben.

Make the most of your doctor’s appointment Tests, such as blood tests or scans: What are the tests for? How and when will I get the results? Who do I contact if I don’t get the results? Treatment: Are there other ways to treat my condition? What do you recommend? Are there any side effects or risks? How long will I need treatment for?


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.