The NHS refers to the government-funded medical and health care services that everyone living in the UK can use without being asked to pay the full cost of the service.
When you can start using the NHS
You should bring your biometric residence permit (if you have one) when you access healthcare in the UK.
Find out the free NHS treatment, including maternity care, you might be eligible for.
Healthcare services – when to use them:
Call 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. You can also call 111 if you’re not sure which NHS service you need.
Call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Visit a walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or urgent care centre if you have a minor illness or injury (cuts, sprains or rashes) and it can’t wait until your GP surgery is open (see below for how to register).
GP surgery: make an appointment to see your GP if you’re feeling unwell and it’s not an emergency.
Local pharmacy: your pharmacist can give you advice for many common minor illnesses, such as diarrhoea, minor infections, headache, travel advice or sore throats.
Registering with a doctor/general practitioner (GP)
All King’s staff can register with a GP at the King’s College NHS Health Centre, even if you don’t live nearby. If you want to register with another health centre near where you live, you’ll need to register by booking an appointment with the centre. Find your local GP.
You don’t have to pay to register with a GP and there is no charge to see your GP. If you are prescribed any medication, then this may incur a cost. If you have concerns about understanding the GP or explaining your issue, you can tell the staff and they will find an interpreter. There will be no costs for you to do this.