Temporary Patients

Temporary Patients

If you become ill while staying with relatives or while away from home, you can receive emergency treatment from Sutterton Surgery. It is a simple procedure, we will ask you to complete a temporary resident form, this enables you to receive treatment for up to three months, whilst still registered with your own GP.
Practices do not have to accept you as a temporary patient although we do have an obligation to offer immediately necessary treatment.
You will be unable to register as a temporary resident with us of you are registered at a local practice.

 Patients From Abroad

Sutterton Surgery Doctors have a duty to provide free of charge treatment which they consider to be immediately necessary or emergency treatment to any person within the practice area, regardless whether that patient is an overseas visitor or registered with the practice.
The definition of immediately necessary remains as a matter of Doctor discretion and judgement, it is considered to include treatment not only of new condition but also pre-existing conditions which have been exacerbated during the period of a person's stay in the UK.
If treatment is provided free of charge, prescription charges are applicable under the usual rule.
Overseas visitors requiring non-emergency or non-immediately necessary treatment will be accepted as a private patient on a fee paying basis. A private consultation fee and prescriptions will be chargeable.
It may not be obvious whether treatment is immediately required. An appointment for an overseas visitor to see a Doctor will be made on the understanding that a charge will be payable if the Doctor considers the treatment not to be immediately required.

Reciprocal Agreements

Reciprocal arrangements including this from EEA countries no longer apply in primary care.

Secondary Care/Hospital Treatment

Patients from overseas who are referred by a Doctor to a secondary care provider (hospital etc.) irrespective of whether the patient has been given treatment under the NHS or on a private basis by the GP.
If you are a visitor from the European Economics Area (EEA) then you are strongly advised to bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you, otherwise you may be charged for your healthcare.
Your EHIC lets you get the state healthcare at a reduced cost or sometimes free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. it also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care, as long as you're not going abroad to give birth.

If you have any questions regarding healthcare services in England, please contact NHS England (0300 311 22 33) or email england.contactus@nhs.net