Registering with the National Health Service (NHS)

Registering with the National Health Service (NHS)

One of the most important things to do after arriving in the UK is to register with the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is the equivalent to Medicare in Australia and the District Health Board (DHB) in New Zealand. Registering with the NHS can take a few weeks, so it’s best to do it asap. When you have registered yourself with the NHS you will be allocated to a General Practice (GP) that you can go to when you are sick or need prescriptions etc. Once you have registered with the NHS and been allocated a GP that’s local to your postcode, you can see a doctor in the UK for free. Even services such as seeing a dentist, physio and counseller are also mostly covered by the NHS following a referral from your GP.

If you navigate to the NHS website: it contains heaps of information on how to register. If you have problems with your registration you can call: 0300 311 22 33 or email:

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