25 June, 2009


Medical & Dental

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Medical Care
As the serving person in the Royal Navy, the Navy will provide your medical care to meet your needs. Your spouse and children are entitled to medical care under the National Health Service (NHS). As soon as practical after your arrival in the UK, your spouse should register (and your children) with a local doctor, commonly known as a General Practitioner (GP). You will find that GPs are generally located in close proximity to naval housing.

Your local GP surgery will be able to provide a vast range of information relating to topics such as:

  • Family Planning
  • Health Visitors
  • Ante-Natal Classes
  • Post Natal Support

Health Visitors are contracted to provide services to all families with children. They are also employed to help promote health within your area. Your named Health Visitor is the Health Visitor(s) attached to your GP Practice.

Although many GP services are provided free of charge through the NHS, you may have to pay for non-essential services. Prescription charges apply to everyone except:

  • Children under the age of 16
  • Young people under the age of 19 and in full time education
  • People who suffer from a specific range of conditions (see resources section of NHS Direct website)

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Dental Care
As with medical care, the serving naval person will have their dental needs met by the Royal Navy. Dental care for spouses and children can be provided for under the NHS, however due to high demand, NHS dental services are difficult to find. NHS Direct (0845 4647) can provide you with details of local dentists accepting NHS patients. If there are no practices within your area accepting new NHS patients you could join a private practice, however you would be liable to pay for all treatment that you received in that practice. Children are entitled to receive free dental care until they are 16. There will be a NHS dentist in your area that will be able to provide NHS dental care for your children, NHS Direct will be able to advise you.

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