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Introduction to the National Health Service

  • Document type:
    Leaflet
  • Author:
    Department of Health
  • Published date:
    1 November 2005
  • Primary audience:
    Professionals
  • Alternative title:
    Introduction to the NHS
  • Publication format:
    Electronic only
  • Gateway reference:
    5651
  • Pages:
    4
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown

This fact sheet has been written to explain the role of UK health services, the National Health Service (NHS), to newly-arrived individuals seeking asylum. It covers issues such as the role of GPs, their function as gatekeepers to the health services, how to register and how to access emergency services.

Space has been left for health teams to add their contact details, and those of local out-of-hours services. Special care has been taken to ensure that information is given in clear language, and the content and style has been tested with user groups.

The leaflet is only available electronically, for printing when needed.

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