There is quite a bit of blogging on the subject of registering for a doctor when you first arrive in London. It’s one of the things that you should do as soon as you have settled into your new London flat after your international relocation. I’d go so far as to say that you should ask your London relocation agent for a list of doctors and surgeries that are within walking distance of your new home before you move in.

Nearly all health care and hospital treatment is free for you and your family as soon as you have a work visa. To be eligible for the National Health Services in the United Kingdom though, you have to register, in person at a local doctor or surgery (doctor’s rooms) in your neighborhood. It can take up to three weeks to get your application processed, so it is important that you make this a priority when planning the details of your relocation to London.

Your doctor will have to see both you and your spouse or partner, and any children that you have in person. You may not register for your family members.

Paperwork that your doctor will need to see when you register:

·      Your proof of address. This is why it is so important to use one of the professional London relocations services to handle your accommodation details. They will have a lease agreement for you which will state your addresses you can register at a doctor.

·      Your passport with the visa page, or your work visa and eligibility to stay in the UK so the doctor can process your application to the NHS.

·      Your doctor will give you a form to fill out and if you don’t actually need to have a consultation with your new doctor, then you are finished. You will receive your registration by post in a few weeks.

There are so many things that your London relocation agents will be able to help you with when you are moving to London, but registering for health care is one that you’ll have to do in person. You’ll feel a lot more settled once you know that you have made contact with a doctor close to home, and you’re covered for all types of treatment, for free.