Information for overseas patients

Are you visiting the United Kingdom? Did you know you may have to pay for hospital treatment while you are here?

NHS hospital treatment is free to people who are Ordinarily Resident in the United Kingdom. If you do not normally live here and you do not meet one of the exemptions from charges then you will have to pay for any treatment you might need. This is regardless of whether you are a British citizen, have lived or worked here in the past or have paid UK taxes/National Insurance in the past.

How do I find out if I have to pay?

The law says that the hospital providing treatment must decide if each patient is entitled to free NHS hospital treatment. We will ask you to provide evidence to confirm your eligibility. If we conclude that you are not entitled to free NHS hospital treatment, we are legally obliged to charge you for your treatment.

What do I have to pay for?

You will have to pay the full cost of all treatment you receive, including emergency treatment. Listed below are exceptions, which are free to everyone (except where the overseas visitor has travelled to the UK for the purpose of seeking that treatment).


  • treatment given in the Emergency Department, however, emergency treatment given elsewhere in the hospital is chargeable (e.g. Intensive Care)
  • diagnosis and treatment of certain infectious diseases
  • diagnosis and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV
  • compulsory psychiatric treatment
  • family planning services
  • treatment required for a physical or mental condition caused by torture, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic violence or sexual violence.

Expect us to check

We ask everyone who comes for an appointment in our Maternity Services and Fracture Clinics to bring two extra documents with them; one to prove their identity and one to prove their address.

Checking our patients’ identity is part of providing safe care for everyone. We need to be sure that we have the correct details and the right information about you and your health needs.

We also need to check whether patients are eligible for NHS funded treatment and care.

You can find more information about these checks by clicking on the link below: