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Emergency treatment

In the event of an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance.

If you become ill while visiting Britain, you are eligible for free emergency treatment in the Accident and Emergency departments of National Health Service hospitals.

However, if you are admitted to hospital as an in-patient, even from the accident and emergency department, or referred to an out-patient clinic, you will be asked to pay unless:

Obtaining treatment

If you are unwell during your visit to Britain, first consult a pharmacist - also known as chemists. They will advise on treatments available over-the-counter (for example: available without a doctor's prescription). Chains of pharmacists include Boots and Superdrug.

NHS walk-in centres

NHS walk-in centres offer healthcare advice, information and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. No appointment is needed and assessments are carried out by experienced NHS nurses. They are open and available to anyone who can normally access NHS services.

Note: NHS walk-in centres are open to overseas visitors but a charge may be made.

Keep a written record with you at all times of any medical condition affecting you and the generic names (not just the trade names) of any medication you are taking.

NHS Direct - 24-hour health advice

NHS Direct operates a 24-hour health advice and information service by calling 0845 4647, providing confidential information on:

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