Healthcare in the United Kingdom

The NHS provides the majority of healthcare in England, including primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology, and dentistry.
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The NHS stands for the National Health Service. It refers to the Government-funded medical and health care services that everyone living in the UK can use.

The NHS provides the majority of healthcare in England, including primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology, and dentistry. The UK government department responsible for the NHS is the Department of Health and Social Care, headed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Paying for UK healthcare as part of your immigration application

If you’re coming to the UK on a temporary stay of more than 6 months, you may be required to pay an immigration health surcharge at the time of your visa application.

Whether you need to pay depends on the immigration status you’re applying for.

If I have paid the immigration health Surcharge fee, do I still have to pay national insurance?

The answer would be yes, you would still have national insurance deducted and how much you pay depends on how much you earn, So whilst you are working you will be required to pay NI, unless you do not meet the tax threshold.

Help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability

If you or someone you know needs help with day-to-day living because of illness or disability, this website explains your options and where you can get support.

Registering with a GP

When you have found a suitable practice, you’ll have to formally register with it as an NHS patient by submitting a registration form to them.

  • Find a GP near you on the NHS website. Check your local GPs opening times, services and facilities, performance measures, reviews and ratings.
  • How to register with a GP surgery
  • How do I register as a temporary resident with a GP?
  • Registering with a GP surgery outside the area you live
  • Getting medical care as a student


About NHS dental services, how to find an NHS dentist and how much treatment costs.


This guide includes what you need to know about trying for a baby, pregnancy, labour and birth.

When you take time off to have a baby you might be eligible for:

Prescriptions and pharmacies

Order repeat prescriptions, find out about prescription charges and how pharmacists can help you with medicines and medical advice.

Some helpful NHS links:

Working for the NHS

The NHS offers many different roles, in different settings, with different ways of working, within hundreds of organisations.

This creates a unique opportunity for people who want a varied, flexible, and challenging career within a world-class culture.

Health and Care Worker visa

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A Health and Care Worker visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care.

Some information on the health and care worker visa