Everybody in the UK is eligible to register with a local doctor (GP) and to access primary care for free.
To find your local GP go to www.nhs.uk
Scroll down to “Health Services Near you” and type your postcode in clicking on GPs
This will give you a list of your local GPs.
To register at a GP surgery you will need attend the surgery and give your name, date of birth, address and telephone number. The receptionist may also ask for additional documents, for example proof of address or proof of ID.
Sometimes it can be difficult to register with GPs, because you do not have the documents asked for.
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An organisation called Doctors of the World can advise on how to access health services and can help you to register with a GP. It helps vulnerable people who have difficulty accessing healthcare, regardless of nationality or immigration status.
If you are having difficulty getting registered with a GP or are being refused specialist treatment because of your status or inability to pay, you can see Doctors of the World for advice and assistance.
You do not need to bring any documents with you to visit the clinic, only details of any medication you may be taking.
(Please note that Doctors of the World is not an alternative to your GP and does not provide second opinions for people who are already receiving treatment).
The London clinic is based in Praxis and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm- 5pm.
Address: Praxis. Pott Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QA
Tel: 020 7613 4106; 07974 616 852
If you need more specialist care your GP can refer you to see a consultant in the hospital. This is called secondary care, and depending on your immigration situation, it may or may not be for free.