Healthcare and Moving to the UK
When you arrive in the UK, it is worth registering with a GP. If you need medical care often the first contact will be through a General Practitioner (GP). In order to register you must live in the local area. It is often worth asking friends or neighbours who they are registered with and the service offered.
You should research the different GPs in your area and decide which best serves your needs. GPs often work as groups of doctors within a surgery. Although you may be registered to one GP, within the surgery, you will be able to access all the GPs within the group. This gives you greater flexibility of appointment choices, as well as access to different GPs who may have different specialist interests i.e. Diabetes.
If you wish to see a GP, you are usually required to make an appointment.
If you are not confident in English, you can contact your embassy or consulate for a list of doctors who speak your native language.
The NHS Choices Website offers a search tool for GPs, Hospitals, Dentists and other services, as well as other health related information. This may be accessed at NHS Choices, your health, your choices