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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Overseas visitors

The UK's healthcare system (National Health Service (NHS)) is a residence-based one; this contrasts with many other countries which have insurance-based healthcare systems.

An overseas visitor is any person, of any nationality not lawfully settled or ordinarily resident in the UK.

Under the current Government guidelines, a person is not ordinarily resident in the UK simply because they:

  • have British nationality
  • hold a British passport
  • are registered with a GP
  • have an NHS number
  • own property in the UK
  • have paid (or are currently paying) National Insurance contributions and taxes in the UK.

NHS trusts have a legal obligation to identify and charge those people not entitled to free NHS hospital treatment.

If you have any queries about overseas visitors, please call one of the numbers below, or email us.

John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Horton General Hospital

Paul Barrow

  • Tel: 01865 743309 / 07920 813749

Angela Mayorga

  • Tel: 01865 234393

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Angela Thomas

  • Tel: 01865 737680