Overseas Visitors

NHS Treatment for Overseas Visitors

The criteria for treatment of patients using the services of the UK National Health Service (NHS) for overseas visitors at the Studholme Medical Centre are as follows:

Emergency or immediately necessary treatment

  • If treatment is urgently required this will be provided free of charge regardless of the patient’s usual home country.
  • The diagnosis of “Emergency” or “Immediately Necessary” treatment is the responsibility of the Doctors at Studholme Medical Centre, who can admit patients to hospital if required.
  • Between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.00am, at weekends and on Bank Holidays patients should contact the out of hours service.

Non-urgent treatment

  • In the circumstances where, in the opinion of the Doctors at the Studholme Medical Centre, the patient’s condition or problem is such that medication or treatment is required before the patient returns to their usual home country, then medication or treatment which the Doctor feels is appropriate will be provided. A fee to cover the cost of any medication prescribed will always be payable.

Treatment by a Doctor will be free of charge providing the following conditions are met:

  • If the patient is usually resident in one of the countries listed on the NHS Website as being part of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the patient is able to produce their European Health Insurance card (EHIC) or E111.

Treatment by a Doctor will be chargeable in the following circumstances:

  • If the patient is usually resident in one of the countries listed on the NHS Website as being part of the European Economic Area (EEA) andthe patient is unable to produce their European Health Insurance card (EHIC) or E111
  • orwhere the patient is usually resident in a country which is not regarded as being part of the European Economic Area (EEA) as listed on the NHS Website: nhs.uk
  • Where the Doctors at the Studholme Medical Centre regard medical treatment as being chargeable, then the following scale of charges will apply. Payment before treatment is required by cash or card:

Service Requested and Costs

  • Consultation with a Doctor in the Surgery up to 10 minutes – £55.00
  • Consultation with a Doctor in the surgery over 10 minutes – £95.00
  • Consultation with a Nurse in the surgery (15mins) – £35.00
  • Fee for private prescription – £25.00
  • Other clinical services and vaccines available – Prices available on request

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is transmitted through blood and other body fluids and can result in an acute or chronic infection of the liver which can cause serious illness and premature death.

Hepatitis B is transmitted through exposure to infected blood or body fluids. Transmission mostly occurs:

  • through vaginal or anal intercourse
  • as a result of blood-to-blood contact through percutaneous exposure (e.g. sharing of needles and other equipment by people who inject drugs (PWID), ‘needlestick’ injuries)
  • through perinatal transmission from mother to child

Hepatitis B is vaccine preventable. There are different immunisation schedules depending on the vaccine product used and how quickly protection is needed for pre and post exposure. Information about the schedules can be found in The Green Book chapter 18.1

Hepatitis B vaccine is given:

  • as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule
  • to individuals who are at high risk of exposure, and,
  • as post exposure prophylaxis to individuals who have been exposed to the virus including babies born to hepatitis B positive mothers