Overseas visitors

The National Health Service (NHS) provides free hospital treatment for people who live in the United Kingdom only.

If you do not normally live in this country and you do not meet one of the exemptions from charges criteria you will have to pay for any treatment you need. This is regardless of your nationality; whether you hold a British passport; have lived in and paid National Insurance and taxes in the UK in the past; or have been issued with an HC2 certificate.

Accessing health services explains more about the rules and exemptions and whether you need to pay for NHS treatment.

There is also information for EU and EEA (European Economic Area) visitors, who are entitled to reduced cost or free healthcare that is clinically necessary if they have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Eligible European visitors must show their EHIC otherwise they may have to pay for NHS treatment.

Please note: You will have to pay an administrative fee of £150 should the NHS Overseas Visitors Team have to forward your incurred debt to our legal representatives, CCI Legal Services Ltd, for recovery. This fee is charged to compensate the NHS for expenses incurred in attempting to establish your entitlement to NHS care and will be applied even if CCI Legal Services Ltd eventually confirm you are in fact NHS entitled.

How to provide evidence of NHS treatment entitlement

All patients admitted to hospital, whatever nationality and residency, need to provide correct information and evidence of entitlement if requested.

If you go to King’s College Hospital

To prove your entitlement, for example by showing your EHIC number, contact our Overseas Visitors department on:
Tel +44(0)20 3299 2739
Email kch-tr.overseasvisitors@nhs.net

If you go to Princess Royal University Hospital

To prove your entitlement, for example by showing your EHIC number, contact our Overseas Visitors department on:
Tel +44(0)1689 864468 or +44(0)1689 865882
Email kch-tr.br-OverseasVisitorsTeam@nhs.net