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Three doctors at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, Caerphilly
Three doctors at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, Caerphilly

Newcomers to the UK can be eligible for free NHS care, provided they have valid work permits. People living in Wales can access a full and diverse range of healthcare, with the National Health Service (NHS) and both private and complementary medicine practices available.

The National Health Service was launched over 60 years ago to provide free healthcare as a basic right to anyone residing in the UK. NHS Wales is the publically funded National Health Service of Wales providing healthcare to some 3 million people who live in the country.

To qualify for NHS healthcare you need to register with a doctor working in a community surgery, rather than in a hospital. In the UK these are known as general practitioners, or GPs for short. A General Practitioner (GP) is a doctor who deals with general medical problems. You should register with a doctor at your local medical centre as soon as you can.

For those who qualify for NHS healthcare, here in Wales our prescriptions are free of charge. Your doctor will write a prescription note for the medicine you require, which you take to a local pharmacy.