The NHS are key providers of free healthcare across the UK. There are also many service providers, including charities, that also offer free support, information, and services.
Here are just a few links that you may find helpful.
For emergencies always call 999. For non-emergency enquiries in the UK call 111. The following websites provide information relating to NHS services, and useful links such as finding a gp or dentist to register with.
The following provide confidential advice, support and information relating to the care you have received/are receiving within the NHS.
England – Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Scotland – Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS)
Wales – Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Northern Ireland – Patient and Client Council (PCC)
Non-emergency transport to appointments may be available in your area. the NHS may use several different transport providers, so speak to your doctor/consultant who may also need to make the referral for you.
The Samaritans provide a confidential 24 hour free call support service (116 123), to talk through any matters of concern.
Childline provide a confidential 24 hour free call service (0800 1111) for children experiencing problems, whether big or small.
Mind provide advice and support if you are experiencing emotional problems.
Sane provide advice and support, and aim to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by emotional illness.
Boots Pharmacy offer support with medication management, and advise on minor ailments and general health checkups. This may not be applicable in all areas.
Citizen’s Advice (CAB) provide a wealth of information, and offers support in all matters arising across the UK.
Lloyds Pharmacy offer the same services as Boots, but also offer an online doctor service for prescription-only treatments so you do not have to see your doctor face to face. This may not be applicable in all areas.
Care Opinion is an independent site where you are able to log your experiences of UK health services.
Yellow card website is a site to report any side effects or incidents and can be used for all medicines including vaccines, blood factors and immunoglobulins, herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies. This also includes all medical devices available in the UK market.