Health care in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (NHS) which was set up in 1948. It is recognised as one of the best health services in the world by the World Health Organisation. In the great majority of cases the service is completely free of charge. You may also think of pursuing a medical career in the NHS as good doctors and nurses are in high demand!

If you are allowed to stay in the UK for over 6 months, you will be entitled to NHS treatment. You will, however, need to register with a General Practitioner (GP) in your catchment area. If you are sick you will need to make an appointment at the GP surgery and depending on the seriousness of your condition, you will be attended by a doctor or a nurse. If necessary, your GP will refer you onto a specialist at a hospital.

In case of emergencies you should go to your nearby hospital or call 999 for emergency services.

In case of minor health issues or minor injuries you can also go to a walk-in centre which is open from early morning to late evening, seven days a week. You do not require a prior appointment and you will be attended by a nurse.

There is also an extensive private health system for those wishing to pay an additional fee to receive extra benefits for optical, physiotherapy and dental treatment when they use private health care services.