Planning London relocation may be quite the adventure with so many historical sites to visit, nightclubs to attend, friends to meet, beers to toast, et al. However, you should also keep in mind the practical side of things. Of course, there are the basic boring details of locating flats, finding work, or attending schools, but what if something happens and you require medical attention?
If you hold a visa then you are eligible for free healthcare through the National Health Service, or NHS. However, there are some things you need to know after your London relocation in order to get the best and fastest care should you require access to the system without a lot of hassles.
First of all, should you have an emergency situation, there are emergency centers located throughout London where walk-ins are welcome. You might want to check and see where the nearest center is in reference to your new London home.
The bad aspect of these emergency centers is that waits are usually quite long. You have to understand that over 8 million people live in the city and access these free emergency centers so there can be a lot people requiring attention at any given time. Luckily, there’s a better way to get good medical attention that isn’t an absolute emergency.
General Practitioners, or GPs, are physicians that administer medical treatment within outlined geographical areas to citizens or visa holders that have arrived via London relocation. GPs are normally assigned areas based on postal codes and are who you should go to for initial medical attention or advice.
Although seeing your GP requires an appointment, they can provide a variety of free services. GPs give free medical care and examinations as well as prescribe any medicines you might require. They will also refer you to a medical specialist should you need treatment outside of their general range of practice. If you need sick time off from work, most employers require you to produce a certificate from your GP or other doctor.
Register with a GP
Before you can visit a General Practitioner, you must first register with them upon arriving on your London relocation. This is a simple process that requires you to fill out a form containing medical history, health habits such as drinking and smoking, serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes, etc, current vaccines, known allergies, etc.
You will also be asked to provide certain personal information to verify who you are so be sure to have it on hand before you arrive to register. You will be asked for proof of current residence as well as an ID card, driver’s license, passport, or other type of accepted identification. After the registration process is complete, you will be given an appointment for a medical examination. After that, you can make an appointment with your GP whenever you want.
Further helpful information on London relocation issues can be obtained by contacting London Relocation Specialists. Our friendly and experienced consultants will provide what you need to ensure you get off to a good start on your new life in the city.