GP Fees

The National Health Service (NHS) provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions.

For more information on why GPs sometimes charge fees please click here click here.

A list of our non-NHS services and their fees are available upon request.

Overseas Patients

The following guidance on the eligibility of overseas visitors may also be helpful:

Entitlement to full NHS treatment does not depend upon past or present payments of UK taxes or National Insurance contributions.  It hinges on the concept of ‘ordinary residence’.

A person may be regarded as ordinarily resident if they:

• Are living lawfully in the UK voluntarily and for settled purposes for the time being.

• Have an identifiable purpose for their residence here and that purpose has a sufficient degree of continuity to be properly described as ‘settled’.

The Department of Health has confirmed that this definition does not depend upon employment status, so a pensioner from abroad who is living legally in the UK on a settled basis would be regarded as ordinarily resident.   

Immediately Necessary or Emergency Treatment

Every practice or walk-in centre has an obligation to provide any immediately necessary or emergency treatment to any patient that presents, regardless of all other considerations.

This is defined as any essential treatment that in the clinical judgement of a health care professional cannot be delayed or avoided.  This may include immediately necessary treatment for a pre-existing condition that has become exacerbated while visiting the UK.

Practices are required to offer free emergency or immediately necessary treatment to anyone who:

• Has been refused inclusion on the practice’s list of patients for up to 14 days from the date of refusal or until registered elsewhere – whichever is sooner.

• The practice has refused to accept as a temporary resident for up to 14 days from the date of refusal or until accepted elsewhere – whichever is sooner.

• Is staying in an area for less than 24 hours, and in this case care should be given for a period of up to 24 hours. 

Necessary drugs and dressings following this treatment are prescribed on an NHS prescription and supplied in the usual way.  NHS prescription charges may be applicable in the usual way.