This section is designed to gather together a variety of resources relating to health and people seeking sanctuary.
Please let us know if you have any suggestions for useful resources to add by emailing [email protected]
Disclaimer: The information provided in this section is intended for guidance only. It is not a substitute for professional advice and we cannot accept any responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting upon it.
Health Stream Resources
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Forrest Medico-Legal Services have a range of useful resources including How to access and use the NHS, a guide for asylum-seekers
explaining Healthcare rights (seeing a doctor or nurse; going to hospital; having tests; receiving care for your mental health; calling/using an ambulance); registering with a GP; booking a GP appointment; getting medication; the 111 service; pharmacies; help with healthcare costs. ) Available in: English; Albanian; Arabic; Farsi (Iranian); Kurdish (Sorani); Tigrinya
Patients not Passports is a campaign coalition that have provided a toolkit for campaigning against health care charges.
Hands Up for Our Health is a new coalition urging the UK Government to suspend the NHS charging regulations, investigate the impact of health charging and commit to improving access to all NHS services.
Doctors of the World has a brilliant Infographic on Migrant Rights to Healthcare.
For information about maternity services see also the Maternity Stream resource pages
There is also information about accessing healthcare services on our Information for Sanctuary Seekers page.
Advice on healthcare entitlements
Free advice is available to the public/professionals from Doctors of the World’s national helpline: 020 75157534 (10am to 12pm, Mon to Fri). Outside of these times e-mail: [email protected]
Maternity Action also provides free telephone advice to help women get the maternity care they need and on charging (0808 800 0041, Thurs. only 10am-12noon) & email advice at: [email protected]
The UK already charges some non-British patients, or their home countries, for most NHS secondary care (ie hospital care) after treatment. Patients who are not eligible for free care include short-term visitors, undocumented migrants, and some asylum seekers whose claims have been refused. There are already processes in place for hospitals to identify and bill these patients.