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European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

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1st July 2011

If you’ve ever been on holiday in Europe, you may have had an E111 form to entitle you to free or reduced-cost health care, if you get ill or have an accident. The E111 form was replaced with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in 2005.  You can apply :

  • by completing the online form (your card will be delivered in seven days),
  • by calling 0845 606 2030
  • by completing a form in the post office

Every family member needs their own card. You can apply for an EHIC for your spouse/partner and any children up to the age of 16 (or 19 if they are in full-time education) at the same time as applying for your own. Before you apply, you need to have the name, date of birth and NHS or national insurance (NI) number of everyone you are applying for.

The EHIC lasts for 3-5 years and allows UK nationals, resident in the UK, to receive free or reduced-cost emergency healthcare when visiting European Economic Area (EEA) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The Department of Health website explains where the EHIC is valid. The treatment will be free or at a reduced cost, but private treatment is not usually covered.

If you do have to pay, it is a good idea to claim for a refund from the relevant authority in the country where you have been staying. Should  you need to make a claim once you return to the UK call the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle), 0191 218 1999 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm).

If you're going to a European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland, it's also important to make sure you have private health insurance. This is because the EHIC may not cover all the costs of your treatment, and never covers the cost of getting you home (repatriation) if you are seriously ill. 

For more information on the EHIC see the Department of Health's advice for travellers or call the EHIC Enquiries Line on 0845 605 0707.

Post Polio Syndrome Report

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29th June 2011

Post Polio Syndrome has in recent years been recognised as a distinct clinical condition with agreed diagnostic criteria. Its essence is that those who had had polio go on to develop in later life new neurological difficulties that cannot be explained on the basis of the acute attack, ageing or another disease. Owing to its insidious development and the length of time between the initial infection and the presentation of symptoms, both patients and healthcare professionals may not be alert to the possibility of PPS as the explanation for the presenting symptoms.

The report helps to explain the condition and suggests ways of managing the symptoms.

Doing more with less: a South East (NHS) Education Forum Conversation

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13th June 2011

Date: Friday 24 June 2011, 09:30 – 15:30.

Location: Scottish Health Service Centre, Edinburgh.

In a rapidly changing, complex and uncertain world, there is a growing realisation that the NHS workforce is heading towards the perfect storm in which key aspects of the system are all under strain simultaneously.

Faced with these circumstances, what are elements of an appropriate response?

Professor William Reid and colleagues in the SE (NHS) Education Forum Planning Team for this partnership event with SEAT (Derek Phillips, David Christie, David Lee, Janice Laing, Fiona Gailey and Andrew Lyon of the International Futures Forum) invite you to participate in this timely Forum conversation to explore useful responses to this challenge and focus on what to do next.

There is no charge to attend, however, spaces are limited and you must register.

To register for a place please go to www.shsceventsbookings.co.uk and select Doing more with less from the list of conferences.

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