By: Simon B
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Your right for medical treatment
If you usually live in the UK and even if you aren’t a UK citizen, you have the right to register with a local General Practitioner or Doctor. The GP of your choice can refuse to add you to his list. The main reason is that if the GP’s or Doctors surgery is full you may be asked to register under another local GP.
Under the NHS you will also be able to visit a local hospital for treatment. Accident and Emergencies are open 24 hours if you need such a service and the average waiting time to be seen (depending on the emergency) is approximately 2 hours. Urgent emergency care is normally dealt with straight away.
You can get a list of GPs from NHS Direct (111 or at www.nhs.uk). If you don’t already have a medical card – which babies are given at birth if they’re born in the UK you will be sent one. After you’ve registered, you’re entitled to any treatments that you need that are available on the National Health Service (NHS). You have the right not to be examined or given any treatment or an operation without your consent unless your life is in danger and you can’t consent, or you have a notifiable disease.