This booklet, How can I get medical help in London?, provides an easy to follow guide to accessing primary health care in the capital. The booklet takes the user through the steps they need to take in order to access primary health care. It
- sets out the information needed to register with a GP and how to get treatment in an emergency.
- is useful for healthcare professionals who commission primary care service and set local public health priorities.
- seeks to enable primary healthcare providers to deliver their services more effectively.
The booklet was first published in January 2012 and updated in March 2012. If you have a paper copy, please check that the section Why do I need to register? is the same as the versions available to download.
Update April 2013
From 1 April 2013 the health sector in London has been reorganised. Primary Care Trusts no longer exist. If you have problems registering with a GP (family doctor) you should contact NHS England www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us
British Medical Association’s guidance to GPs on overseas visitors accessing UK health services at (new link): http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/doctors-as-managers/managing-your-practice
How do I get medical help in London? was produced as part of London Enriched, the Mayor of London’s integration strategy for refugees and migrants which sets out a commitment to improving health outcomes for these groups. It is available to download below in English and 19 community languages.