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50 The GladeFurnace GreenCrawleyWest Sussex, RH10 6JNTel: 01293 611063
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This below fact sheet has been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. It covers issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.
The National Health Service provides health care in the UK and is funded by taxation. Asylum seekers are entitled to access NHS care without charge while their claim or appeal are being considered. You need an HC2 form, provided by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS), or available at pharmacies, to receive free medicines, dental treatment, eye tests and some glasses.
None of the people who work for the NHS, including doctors, nurses and interpreters, will pass on any information about you to any other person or organisation without your permission. All medical care is confidential and does not affect the judgement on your claim for asylum.
How do I get help with my health?If you are ill, or worried about your health or the health of anyone in your family, you should go to see you local doctor, called a General Practitioner (GP). The GP’s clinic is called a Surgery or a Health Centre.
You should register with a GP as soon as possible so that you can get medical care if you need it. To register you will need to give your name, date of birth, address and telephone number if you have one. Your support worker, who helped you to move into your accommodation, will know the local arrangements for registering.
Some GPs ask all new patients to have a health check. This will usually be carried out by a nurse. It is important that you go to this appointment even if you are well.
If a practice will not register you, you can ask the local Primary Care Trust to assign you to a practice.
How do I make an appointment?Before you visit your doctor or one of the nurses at the surgery you will usually need to make an appointment in person or by telephone. You can ask to see a male or female doctor or nurse, although this may not always be possible.
You may have to wait a few days for a non urgent appointment. If you think you need to see the doctor urgently tell the receptionist when you make the appointment, and you will be seen that day if appropriate. If the doctor thinks you are too ill to come to the surgery, he/she may visit you at home.
Appointments with the doctor will be for five or ten minutes. You need to make a separate appointment for each member of the family that wishes to see the doctor.
Please make sure that you arrive on time for your appointment and if you are unable to attend your appointment please make sure you cancel it.
What if I do not speak English?If you need an interpreter you must tell the receptionist when you make the appointment. Tell the staff which language you speak and they will book an interpreter for you or get an interpreter on the phone. It is important that you and the doctor understand each other so that he/she can make an accurate diagnosis of your problem.
Who else works with my GP?
What if I need to see a specialist doctor?Your GP will usually provide most of your health care and will decide if you need to see a specialist doctor (a consultant), or if you need to go to hospital.
Everyone in the UK has to wait to see these specialist doctors. The hospital will write to you with details of your appointment. You must contact the hospital if you need an interpreter to be present at your appointment.
Hospital appointments may sometimes be in hospitals some distance from where you live, although you can get help with costs of travel if you have an HC2.
Patient Held Records.If you have been given a Patient Held Record (blue book), please take this with you every time you have an appointment with the doctor or nurse. The information in this book is for yourself and NHS staff. No-one else has a right to read this book.
Who else can help me?Medicines
If your doctor wants you to take medicines he/she will write you a prescription. Take the prescription to a pharmacy or chemist shop. To get free prescriptions, you need your HC2 form. The pharmacist can give advice on the treatment of minor health problems. Some medicines can be bought from the pharmacist without a prescription, including some pain killers and cough medicines.
Dental CareIf you have a problem with your teeth you should see a dentist. To receive NHS dental treatment you need to register with a dentist. If you have trouble registering with a dentist you can contact NHS Direct, or the local Primary Care Trust.
EyesightIf you need your eyes testing or need new glasses (spectacles) make an appointment to see an optician. They have shops in most town centres. The HC2 form covers the cost of the eye test and some glasses: ask the optician about this.
When your GP surgery is closedGP surgeries are generally open from about 0830 to 1830 Monday to Friday. At all other times – at night, on Saturday or Sunday and on public holidays – medical assistance is available for health problems that cannot wait until the GP surgery is open.
To get help you can ring the local out-of-hours service on the number below, and you can receive advice over the telephone. You may be asked to visit a GP surgery, or you may receive a visit from a medical professional at your home.
You can also telephone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for health advice or for medical support when your surgery is closed. It will cost much less to use a landline, for example in a telephone kiosk, than a mobile phone.
If you do not speak English, NHS Direct and the out-of-hours service can provide an interpreter. All you need to do is say in English the language you would prefer to use at the beginning of your call. If you do not speak any English ask a friend or relative or support worker to make the call for you and wait until an interpreter is on the line before you describe your problem. You will be asked for some details such as your name and address: this information is important and is not shared with anyone else.
To contact NHS Direct for health advice, ring : 0845 46 47
To contact your local out-of-hours service, for medical assistance when the GP surgery is closed, ring: 01293 611 063
What to do in an EmergencyIn an emergency, if you or someone with you becomes seriously ill and cannot wait until the GP surgery is open, you can telephone 999 (free of charge) for an ambulance, or go to the Accident and Emergency Department of you local hospital. However, this service is only for emergencies. Do not use the Accident and Emergency Department for minor medical problems; dial 111 for health advice.
Contact details for GP or local asylum health team: Furnace Green Surgery, 50 The Glade, Furnace Green, Crawley, RH10 6JN Tel: 01293 611 063 Email: email@example.com
Areas covered for registration are: Furnace Green, Southgate and parts of Three Bridges. Practice Boundary Map.
If you wish to see if you are in our practice boundary, please go to google maps and compare your post code to our Practice Boundary Map. If you are within the boundary, you may apply to register with us if our list is open.
Completed registration forms can now be returned to the surgery via email - please send your completed GMS1 form and Health Questionnaire, along with copies of photo ID and proof of address, to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have ID or proof of address, please telephone the surgery and speak to a receptionist. Please ensure your registration forms are completed correctly. If you were born outside of the UK, we MUST have your date of coming into the country to process your registration. Your registration should be complete within 1 week and you will receive a text message to confirm this.
We understand that not all appointments can be booked in advance and that some patients experience medical problems that need more urgent attention. We have a telephone triage system each day - if you require urgent advice, please call before 10am and a message will be left with the duty doctor. You will be called back on the same day with further advice. You may not be offered an appointment on the day if the duty doctor does not think this is necessary.
You will be asked by the receptionist the reason for the urgency; this is under the instruction of the Partners of the Practice and you must give an answer as to why they need to phone you back.
Appointments can be pre-booked up to 4 weeks in advance via our online booking service or by calling the surgery.
Please only phone in the afternoon for test results. All results are checked by the GPs before the Receptionists are able to give you the results. Should a result need you to come and see a Clinician, you may be telephoned by a Receptionist to book an appointment.
New Patient Health Check
As a new patient you may be required to have a new patient health check if you are aged 40 or over and do not already have a diagnosis of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease. This will comprise of a general check up; normally including a urine sample to test for underlying medical issues like diabetes.
If you are on a repeat medication, you can request your medication online (if you have signed up for this). You can drop a repeat medication request through the letter box if we are closed, or put in your request direct to reception.
If you are due a medication review, you will need a non urgent appointment with a GP. You cannot order your repeat medication online if your review is over due.
Registration Leaflet- New Registration
Practice Leaflet- Furnace Green
If you have difficulty in registering with a local practice, whether that be us or another local practice, please contact NHS England. They will allocate you to a practice close to your home.
Contact information is:
Tel: 0300 311 22 33 – Ask for Customer Contact Centre.
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