If you are visiting the United Kingdom and require treatment in our hospitals, you may have to pay for it.
If you are not ordinarily resident in the UK at the time of treatment, you are regarded as an ‘Overseas Visitor’, this means that you may be charged for the treatment you receive at any of our hospitals.
The National Health Service Act 2006 and the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 (as amended) set out which visitors are required to pay for NHS treatment.
To be entitled to free NHS-funded care, you need to be “ordinarily resident” in the United Kingdom. Being ordinarily resident in the UK means that you are living in the UK on a lawful, voluntary and properly settled basis as part of the regular order of your life for the time being. If you are a non-EEA national subject to immigration control you are also required to have indefinite leave to remain in the UK
If you are an EU national and do not have status under the EU settlement scheme (excludes EU nationals from the Republic of Ireland), (even if you usually live in the UK) you will not be ordinarily resident and may be required to pay for certain types of NHS hospital treatment. For more information visit – Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)
Treatment in our Emergency departments
Treatment received in one of our Emergency departments is free. However, if you are admitted to hospital as an inpatient or receive any outpatient appointments charges will apply.
If your country of residence has a reciprocal agreement covering your emergency treatment in the UK, please advise our Emergency Department reception staff. In these instances we will re-coup the cost of your care from your country of residence.
We will always provide treatment that a clinician has assessed as immediately necessary or urgent. All maternity treatment is regarded as immediately necessary. Treatment is not free however by virtue of it being immediately necessary or urgent and if you are a chargeable overseas visitor, you will be charged for any admitted or outpatient care you receive.
For treatment assessed by a clinician as non-urgent, the full estimated cost of treatment must be paid before treatment is provided. This will include the cost of initial assessment and investigations to make a diagnosis. You will be provided with our bank details and a unique reference to be able to make payment to an account for your treatment.
NHS assisted conception services are not free to immigration health surcharge payees. If you’ve paid the surcharge or are exempt from paying it, and your visa allows you to be here for more than six months, you are entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England on a similar basis to an ordinarily resident person, with the exception of NHS-funded assisted conception (fertility) services.
Private health insurance
If you are an overseas visitor with private health insurance you must provide a letter of guarantee from your insurer to cover the full cost of your treatment. If you are unable to provide a letter of guarantee you will be required to pay for your healthcare yourself.