United Kingdom

Projects / Campaigns

In the UK, we run clinic and advocacy programmes in London and Brighton that provide medical care, information and practical support to excluded people.

1,906

People given access to healthcare

131

Pregnant women treated

104

People given access to a dentist

Many people living in the UK find it impossible to access mainstream health services, despite being fully entitled to them, due to fear, not knowing the system, having to pay charges or being wrongly turned away by frontline healthcare staff. Our clinic in London offers primary care and health and social advice from volunteer doctors, nurses and support workers for excluded people including asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, homeless people and sex workers.

As well as providing healthcare, we register those who are facing barriers with their local doctor. In 2016 we supported 1,906 people to access the NHS (National Health Service) and 91% of our service users had their cases resolved. In addition we offer screening, vital for public health, and we signpost to other services, including housing advice, destitution support and specialist counseling. We also run a fortnightly specialist service to meet the particular needs of women and children.

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To reach excluded people who don’t or can’t come to our clinics, in 2015 we started a pilot program sending medics to treat patients at other organizations that help vulnerable migrants across London. These “pop-up clinics” saw people at the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, the Notre Dame Refugee Centre, and Justice for Domestic Workers and there are plans to expand into a fully mobile clinic with a customized vehicle.

In 2016, our UK team provided over 1,900 people with access to healthcare, treated 131 pregnant women and provided 104 people with access to a dentist.

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Read our report on healthcare registration refusal in the UK.

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