Anybody in England can register with a GP practice and receive
free medical care from that practice.
However, if you are not ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK you may
have to pay for NHS treatment outside of the GP practice. Being
ordinarily resident broadly means living lawfully in the UK on a
properly settled basis for the time being. In most cases,
nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area must
also have the status of ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK.
Some services, such as diagnostic tests of suspected infectious
diseases and any treatment of those diseases are free of charge
to all people, while some groups who are not ordinarily resident
here are exempt from all treatment charges.
More information on ordinary residence, exemptions and paying
for NHS services can be found in the Visitor and Migrant patient
leaflet, available from your GP practice. Alternatively for more
information go to
You may be asked to provide proof of entitlement in order to
receive free NHS treatment outside of the GP practice, otherwise
you may be charged for your treatment. Even if you have to pay
for a service, you will always be provided with any immediately
necessary or urgent treatment, regardless of advance payment.
The information you give on this form will be used to assist in
identifying your chargeable status, and may be shared, including
with NHS secondary care organisations (e.g. hospitals) and NHS
Digital, for the purposes of validation, invoicing and cost
recovery. You may be contacted on behalf of the NHS to confirm
any details you have provided.