telephone numbers in Britain :
999 is the British national emergency telephone number.
is the pan-European number. You can call one or the other, it's the
You will be asked if you want Fire, Police or Ambulance.
You should call 999 in the event of a serious road accident, involving
not call these numbers
unless you are in a real
emergency (accident or serious medical condition)
For 24 hour medical services in London
of medical treatment in the UK
For visitors from the UE, with an EHIC card,
The cost is the same as for British residents. Hospital and emergency
treatment under the NHS (National Health Service) is in most
cases free of charge. Visiting the doctor in a NHS
surgery is free. Specialist treatment under the NHS is free if it is
the result of a condition that develops while the visitor is in the UK.
Treatment for medical problems that were known before the visitor
arrived is liable to be charged for, unless the patient has suffered
from an unexpected turn for the worse. Emergency dental treatment is
not free. Treatment in a private clinic or surgery is never free.
There is a flat-rate charge for prescriptions (for
medicines to be bought from a pharmacy)
visitors from North America, Japan, and other non-EU countries.
who do not
come from EU countries should take out private health insurance cover
order to benefit from NHS services and or private medical treatment, as
they are liable to be charged for all treatment.
Visitors working in the UK, and students enrolled
on a long-term course receive medical treatment on the same terms as
More information on the NHS
you travel - health insurance
& the EHIC card :
Tourists from European Union countries (i.e. Germany, Spain, Poland
etc.) are strongly advised to make sure that they have health
insurance cover before
travelling to the UK. They should obtain a European Health Insurance Card
(EHIC), which has replaced the old E 111 form, in their country of
EHIC, which is usually issued for up to five years, covers any medical
treatment you may need during your visit to another EU country, as a
accident or sickness. The card gives access to treatment by doctors,
dentists, and in public hospitals, but not necessarily for work carried
out in private clinics or surgeries. Generally speaking, visitors who
show a valid EHIC card will not be charged for essential and
non-planned medical treatment.
Foreign students on long-term courses and
visitors working in the UK receive the same NHS cover as British
a doctor / hospital / in the
Most "GP's" - general practitioners, or general medical doctors, work
in partnerships, called surgeries or health centres; consultation is
normally by appointment.
Non emergency medical attention
Visitors requiring non-emergency medical attention should either make
an appointment with a local GP, or visit an NHS "Walk-in centre", for
which an appointment is not needed.
Alternatively, they can make for the A&E
(Accident and emergency) service at the nearest hospital, where they
will be seen by a qualified medic.
only if the patient is too sick to move, a doctor will make a home
Ask your hotel to call a local
medic or the nearest A&E unit.
night time calls: in most big towns there are pharmacies
open until midnight. In some towns there are pharmacies open 24/24.
Check by searching for "24 hour pharmacy in ..... " on the Internet.
below for late night pharmacies in central London.
Emergency medical addresses in London
Emergency pharmacies hospitals and surgeries in the central London area
Open until midnight
| Victoria Station,
Nearest underground: Marble
Edgware Road, Paddington,
Nearest underground: Edgware
Nearest underground: Golders
Street London W1
Nearest underground: Tottenham
NHS Urgent Care Centre
Hospital, Du Cane Rd, London W12
Nearest underground: East
Harley Street, London W1.
cheap. Private health insurance recommended
8 pm weekdays
City of London EC1
Nearest underground: St.
London SE1 9RT
Nearest underground: London
Euston Road, London, NW1 2BU
St, Euston Square
Street, Paddington, London, W2
St, Euston Square
||162 City Road,
Nearest underground: Shoreditch
London eye hospital
Marylebone Rd, Regent's Park,
Nearest underground: Marylebone,
Information correct at the time of writing. This list is not
Consult the NHS direct website for latest information and other
walk-in centres in greater London
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