NEWS (last updated 14 June 2021)
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NEW LEAFLET—How to access the NHS, a guide for asylum-seekers (pdf)
Healthcare rights explained (seeing a doctor or nurse; going to hospital; having tests; receiving care for your mental health; calling and using an ambulance); registering with a GP; booking a GP appointment; getting medication; the 111 service; pharmacies; help with healthcare costs. Four sides of A4.
+ Vulnerability assessment tool (30 Apr 21) (Word version; PDF version)
A proforma for collecting the relevant information to assess for vulnerability (designed for virtual or face to face use).
This was devised with our experience of assessing residents of Penally camp.
+ FMLS pandemic response arrangement (2 Apr 21) (pdf)
A statement of our current arrangements and approach to working, as the pandemic restrictions begin to ease.
We have continued to work (via videoconference) throughout the pandemic and we have expanded our capacity.
+ Coronavirus [<- latest NHS guidance]
+ Expert report on Covid-19 in prisons
Prof Richard Coker’s expert opinion on COVID-19 and prisons in England and Wales, commissioned by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prison Reform Trust. His expert report on Covid-19 and Immigration Detention is available via Detention Action as a pdf here.
Current discharge requirements in removal centres ‘clearly unsafe’ and can place detainees at serious risk [click the link for more details]
+ How to register with a GP – for asylum seekers & refugees
‘There is no regulatory requirement to prove identity, address, immigration status or NHS number to register, & no contractual requirement for GPs to request this. All asylum seekers & refugees, homeless, & overseas visitors, whether lawfully in the UK or not, are eligible to register…’ [click the link for more details]
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