There is quite a bit of blogging on the subject of registering for a doctor when you first arrive in London. It’s one of the things that you should do as soon as you have settled into your new flat. I’d go so far as to say that you should ask your relocation agents in London for a list of doctors and surgeries that are within walking distance of your new home before you move in. Nearly all health care and hospital treatment is free for you and your family as soon as you have a work visa. To be eligible for the National Health Services in the United Kingdom though, you have to register, in person at a local doctor or surgery (doctor’s rooms) in your neighborhood.
It can take up to three weeks to get your application processed, so it is important that you make this a priority when planning the details of your move with your relocation agents in London.
Your doctor will have to see both you and your spouse or partner, and any children that you have in person. You may not register for your family members.
Let your relocation agents prepare a list of all the paperwork you’ll need to bring with you when you move:
There are so many things that your relocation agents in London will be able to help you with when you are moving, but registering for health care is one that you’ll have to do in person. You’ll feel a lot more settled once you know that you have made contact with a doctor close to home, and you’re covered for all types of treatment, for free.