How to ... treat visitors to UK

- Emergency treatment

Emergency treatment must be offered to overseas visitors free of charge for a period of 14 days or less. This includes worsening of pre-existing conditions.

- Non-emergency treatment

There is no obligation to provide non-emergency treatment. Provide this only on a private, paying basis.

- Forms

Patients from other European Economic Area countries with form E112 are eligible for free treatment for conditions specified. Those carrying E128 are entitled to free treatment for all conditions.

- Reciprocal healthcare arrangements

Treat patients from countries with reciprocal arrangements in the same way as nationals from other countries.

- Refugees

Refugees, whether or not awarded leave to stay, are regarded as ordinarily resident.

- Hospital admission

You should warn patients from overseas that they are liable to be charged by hospitals whether or not they have been treated as an NHS patient by the GP.

A&E services are free, as is compulsory psychiatric treatment and treatment for certain communicable diseases.

- HIV tests

Testing for HIV and counselling following a test are free, but any treatment required may have to be paid for.

- Prescriptions

Prescriptions can be issued, but quantities supplied should be no more than for immediate purposes. Overseas visitors are charged normal NHS fees.

Source: Oxford Handbook of General Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. p46.

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