Primary Care is the first point of contact for most people with a health problem, but many people who are homeless struggle to access a GP. Pathway, funded by the Healthy London Partnership, has produced a training video, slides and quiz, to introduce GP Receptionists to current regulatory guidance around homelessness.
The Regulatory Framework
NHS England Patient Registration Guidance [NB As of 21 December 2017 this guidance had been removed from the site and not replaced] specifically states that:
- Anybody in England may register and consult with a GP without charge.
- This includes asylum seekers and refugees, overseas visitors, students, people on work visas and those who are homeless, overseas visitors, whether lawfully in the UK or not.
- There is no regulatory requirement to prove identity, address or immigration status to register at a GP surgery.
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