A new card has been launched by charity Groundswell for rough sleepers and other homeless people giving them information on their right to see a Doctor.
Many people without a permanent address have found it hard to access medical services, this card acts as a reminder of their rights. It also reminds the GP’s surgery of their duty to register all patients.
The cards, which have been commissioned by the Healthy London Partnership’s Homeless Health Programme, let both homeless people and professionals working at GP surgeries know that to register with your local GP practice:
- You don’t need proof of address
- You don’t need identification documents
- Your immigration status doesn’t matter.
They also include Healthwatch’s national helpline number, so anyone who is refused registration by their GP for these reasons can share their experience with their local Healthwatch. We at Healthwatch Portsmouth would like to hear from you if you or a friend or relative have been turned away by a GP – contact us via email, Twitter or on our Facebook page