25 June, 2009




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doctorRelocating Your Health & Dental Care

Finding an NHS Dentist can be very hard these days and having to change every two or three years due to relocating can be very stressful. Then there are GPs, Health Visitors and Midwives! Changing doctors and dentists can be a real source of stress and when moving home you need to reduce any stress rather than add to it. Although we promise no miracles, forward planning may reduce the strain you may experience.

 



Health & Planning
If you know you will be moving soon, and have ongoing medical or health issues there are certain things you should consider:

What facilities are available at your new location?
There are a number of ways that you can research what facilities await you. HIVE offers excellent information packs on what is available in each individual area. However if there is no HIVE in the area to which you are moving, NHS Direct offers advice and direction regarding relocating and the Internet has several sites that provide local facility information.

website Web site: NHS Direct


Prepare to Move

  • Inform your GP, or equivalent, that you are about to move and ask for your inpatient treatment to be transferred to a hospital in the area to which you are moving.

  • Ensure that the original hospital passes on your details to the hospital, (including name of consultant) to which you have been transferred.

  • Register with a new GP, or equivalent, upon arrival in the new location, inform the GP that you are awaiting inpatient treatment at the new hospital.

  • Tell the new hospital the name and address of the new GP, or equivalent.

  • Confirm with the new hospital that you are on a waiting list for treatment. Also confirm that the length of the original wait will be taken into account and that treatment will be within the current maximum waiting time standard.

It is important to follow these steps so that health professionals are aware of your situation and can assist you in this transition. You should always ensure that you notify your GP and the hospital about a change of address so that they can contact you swiftly. If you are experiencing problems then please notify your unit personnel staff.



If you choose to remain on the waiting list of the original hospital you should:

  • Inform your GP that you are about to move but have chosen still to have your inpatient/outpatient treatment at the original hospital.

  • Inform the hospital you are about to move but have chosen to remain on the waiting list of the original hospital. Give new contact details so that the hospital can arrange a suitable date for treatment.

  • Register with a new GP, or equivalent, upon arrival in the new location, inform the GP, or equivalent, that you are waiting for inpatient/outpatient treatment at the original hospital.

  • Tell the original hospital the name and address of the new GP, or equivalent, so that post-operative continuity of care is assured.

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Waiting Lists
If you are unsure whether to remain on the waiting list on which you are presently, or whether you opt to move, there are sources of advice regarding this issue.

Phone Icon Phone: 0208 983 11 33 - The College of Health Waiting List Helpline

Phone Icon Phone: 0845 46 47 - NHS Direct (England, Wales & Northern Ireland)

Phone Icon Phone: 0845 4 24 24 24 - NHS 24 (Scotland)



Disability & Special Needs
If you or a member of your household is affected by disabilities or special needs you may need to consider additional issues. These may be transferring of medical or social care, or ensuring your new home is adapted to accommodate physical limitations. For further information regarding these issues, visit the NHS Direct Website or RNcom Disability Pages.

info More Information: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

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info More Information: Support Groups and Charities

info More Information: NPFS & RM Welfare

website Web site: NHS Direct

website Web site: DirectGov - Disability & Health


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Dental & Orthodontic Treatment
Often the biggest bugbear when it comes to moving into a new area, it may be worth striking early regarding this point. Contact the HIVE, NHS Trust, or research on the Internet to determine where your local dentists are and who is taking on new patients. Remember, the sooner you do this the more likelihood you have of success.

info More Information: Medical and Dental

website Web site: NHS Direct



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