Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to Birmingham?
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in Birmingham as an expat?
The standard of public health care in the UK is one of the best in the world. It offers a National Health Service (NHS), the main public health care system. Your eligibility depends on your residence status in the UK. Expats registering for NHS treatment need identification in the form of a passport and proof of address. If you are paying tax or National Insurance in the UK, you will need to apply for a National lnsurance Number. This will also allow you assistance with the NHS.
Private medical care is available through companies such as Bupa or PPP.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
GP (General Practitioner) or Doctor.
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
It is recommended that you visit the NHS website where you can find a suitable health care provider quickly and easily.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the area to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, there is excellent care in Birmingham.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
Dial 999 for medical, fire or police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Emergency and out of hours care is available at your local hospital (Accident and Emergency or Casualty room.) For minor problems, it is best to speak to your local pharmacist or doctor as waiting times at A&Es can be lengthy. The NHS website also provides a good overview of the various after hour services available to you. You can also telephone NHS direct for advice on health care and out-of-hours availability for hospitals and chemists.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies are called 'chemists' in England and are recognizable by a green cross. Some chain chemists in Birmingham are Boots and Lloyds.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, but a direct supply of drinkable water is only supplied to the taps in kitchens. All other water to the household is kept in storage tanks and, hence, it is not recommended that you drink water from bathroom taps or any other taps in the house.
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