Whether you are an asylum seeker, refugee, economic migrant, student, visitor, or Middlesbrough 'born and bred', we value your health. We want to make sure that you are happy and healthy, and there are lots of services available to you.
The National Health Service (NHS) is responsible for most of the health services in this country. Most treatments they provide are free, but you may have to pay for a few things. Find out which things you will have to pay for.
If you are an asylum seeker, Mears should have given you a leaflet which explains the charges for the NHS. You should also have been given details of the Foundations Practice where you can register and go for all your doctor's appointments. They can also help you find out whether you can get dental treatment, and sight and hearing tests.
Foundations is a specialised practice for asylum seekers. You must be an asylum seeker to register with them, but you can stay registered with them if you get refugee status and decide to stay in Middlesbrough. They are very friendly and helpful, and they will make sure that you are looked after properly. Once the Home Office has decided on your claim, you can choose to stay a patient with Foundations, or to look for a different GP. You might choose a GP that is closer to your home, for example.
If you are an asylum seeker, you will be allowed to have treatment without needing to pay for it, while the Home Office is considering your claim or your appeal. To get free treatment and free medicine, you need to complete the HC2 form. You can get a copy of the form from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and from pharmacies.
There is also a lot of mental health support available for people in Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough Council has lots of information available about mental health support in the area.
The Live Well Centre also has a lot of health support groups available that you can join.
If you are pregnant, you may be able to get some help towards supporting your first child. If you are an asylum seeker, Migrant Help can help you apply for a £300 maternity grant. If you are a refugee, Jobcentre Plus can help you to apply for a £500 Sure Start maternity grant. Both of these grants are available when you are 32 weeks pregnant.
Emergency and non-emergency health help
For life-threatening injuries or conditions, you should go to the nearest hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department.
You should go to the doctor (often called a GP or general practitioner) if you have a fever, sprain, joint problems, and if you're worried about your mental health. You must contact the doctor's surgery to book an appointment. You can not see a doctor without an appointment.
You can ring 111 if you're worried about a medical concern and want to get advice. You can also get help from NHS 111 online.
You should go to a pharmacy and talk to a pharmacist for things like headaches, sickness, cuts, and bruises.