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One of the most important things when going abroad is to make sure that you are covered in case of accidents or illnesses. Therefore, it is very important to have a health care insurance, when you are coming to United Kingdom.

The National Health Service of Great Britain has been based over 50 years ago. At its foundation, the criterion of equal treatment was a defining element. The basic medical services are given to all residents of the UK. Particularly, people have to pay parts of the medicine costs themselves, although there is an easy way to acquire some exemptions of the payments (for example Children and old-age pensioners).

National Health Service
The important element of the health and social welfare system in the UK is the British Healthcare System. The British healthcare system is known as the National Health Service (NHS), which is a publicly funded health care system.

Private healthcare
People in the United Kingdom have right to obtain a free healthcare, provided through the National Health Service (NHS). Some people elect to pay for private medical treatment directly. This is known as Private Healthcare.

Medicines in the UK
To get medicines and free advice for any minor sickness in Britain, you should go to a pharmacy. In the UK we can find three categories of medicines.

Hospitals and Clinics in the UK
Most of public hospitals in the UK have the most advanced technology to provide highly specialized services.

Emergency Numbers

In case of an emergency, don't worry for the insurance issues and go to the nearest hospital with A&E (Accident and Emergency) department. In the UK, regardless of nationality and economic condition, the patients with any emergency are treated free of charge. Only if you are hospitalized for more than one night, you might pay the treatment later. You will not be rejected of an emergency medical treatment under any circumstances.

The emergency number 999
Use the general emergency number 999 if you need an ambulance. If someone's life is in danger or a crime is in progress dial 999.

Non-Emergency telephone number 101
Since May 2006 a new non-emergency telephone number 101 has been accessible for calls to the police that did not require an immediate police response. It was created in relation to the many non-emergency calls made through the 999 number; it can be more efficient with through a second number.

Other Non-emergency numbers:

  • Bassetlaw, Newark & Sherwood Division, Dial: 01909 500999
  • Mansfield & Ashfield Division, Dial: 01623 420999
  • Nottingham City Division, Dial: 0115 948 2999
  • South Nottinghamshire Division, Dial: 0115 940 0999
  • Crimestoppers, if you want to report a crime in Nottinghamshire and you wish to report it anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
  • Services for deaf people: Emergency dial 18000, Minicom 0115 967 0100; Typetalk 18001 0115 967 0999
  • The NHS Direct runs a 24-hour helpline: 0845 4647


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