The National Health Service (NHS) only provides free hospital
treatment for people who live lawfully in the United Kingdom.
People who do not normally live in this country are not
automatically entitled to use the NHS free of charge, regardless of
their nationality or whether they hold a British Passport or have
lived and paid National Insurance contributions and taxes in this
country in the past.
All patients admitted to hospital, whatever nationality and
residency, are subject to scrutiny and need to provide correct
information and evidence of entitlement if requested.
Nationals and Residents of EEA countries can receive free NHS
hospital treatment, providing the need for treatment arose during
the visit to the UK. They will need to provide a European Health
Insurance card (EHIC) or Provisional Replacement Certificate
The hospitals charging regulations are managed by the Great
Western Hospitals Cashiers Office.
For more information on hospital charging, please contact the
Cashiers Office on 01793 604466.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put it right.
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