Health Matter

If you are here for less than six months, you are only entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in emergency situations. It is therefore  advisable that you organise private health insurance to cover the duration of your stay.

According to the UK government’s directives, people who live outside the EEA, including former UK residents, should now make sure they are covered by personal health insurance, unless an exemption applies to them. Anyone who does not have insurance will be charged at 150% of the NHS national tariff for any care they receive.


The nearest Accident & Emergency department is at the John Radcliffe Hospital on Headley Way. To call an ambulance, dial 999 from a landline, or 112 from a mobile. Only call an ambulance when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Most health centres offer ’emergency’ or ‘urgent’ appointments or walk-in clinics if you need a same-day consultation for a medical condition which is not life-threatening.

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