Updated guidance on providing healthcare to people coming from Ukraine has been issued to GPs along with a reminder that proof of ID is not needed to register with a practice.
In a primary care bulletin, NHS England said the NHS was starting to see citizens returning from Ukraine as well as refugees and that for many their first port of call with the health service would be through general practice.
NHS England said that newly-arrived individuals would need help on how to access the NHS and ‘may struggle to provide proof of ID, address or confirmation of immigration status’.
Registration requests with GP practices should be handled sensitively, it continued.
‘None of these documents are required for registration and the inability of any individual to provide them is no reason to refuse registration’, the bulletin added.
Updated guidance from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities lists the factors to consider when treating patients arriving from Ukraine including: