Shropshire Council

NHS advice and guidance

09 May 2022 Last updated at 03:53

Advice and guidance is now available online to support the health needs of Ukrainians fleeing the war, as well as information for host families based in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

The online pages will act has a hub of information on how to use NHS services, as well as signposting to other organisations that can help. The new webpages explain what services are available within the NHS, and the importance of accessing healthcare as soon as refugees arrive in the county.

Translated into both Ukrainian and Russian, the online resource will allow refugees to access important medical information in their own language. There are also helpful guides to explain how to use NHS 111 and which services or organisations can provide extra help to migrants and asylum seekers.

Shropshire-based Ukrainian GP, Dr Viktoriya Gabinet, based at South Hermitage Surgery in Shrewsbury, said:

“It has been difficult to witness the trials of my home country and our people over the last two months, but I am pleased this information is now available and will hopefully act as a helping hand to all those resettling in our beautiful county.

“It is important that refugees arriving in the UK register with their local GP practice as soon as possible, and not wait until they are ill. Refugees do not need ID, proof of address or immigration status to register with a local practice – access is available for all.

“Doctors are being asked to hold an initial health consultation with all arrivals from the Ukraine to assess medical needs, update immunisations, issue necessary medication and refer to specialists if required.

“My message to all Ukrainian refugees and host families is to please call your local GP practice to register and book an initial appointment. You can also speak with your host families and ask them to support you with this. The NHS is free for all and here to help."