United Kingdom Travel Information
Emergency no.: 999 or 112
In several areas of England and Wales, for police 101 was appointed as a non-emergency number with complete coverage scheduled from 2006-2008, however funding was withdrawn by the Home Office in 2007 leading to some of the 101 lines to close. 0800 111 999 for gas leaks (0800 being a free call prefix), and 08 45 46 47 for NHS Direct (0845 being a local-rate prefix), are few of the numbers which are now classified as “emergency numbers”.
MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION
Particularly for UK residents and certain EU nationals, free care and service under the National Health System is widely available. However, tourists and short-term visitors are charged for any kind of medical treatment in the United Kingdom. When compared to Indian standards medical charges may seem to be extensively higher.
For information on outburst of various kind of infectious diseases abroad and it prevention and cure, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. General and detailed health information for travelers is available in WHO.
We at Jagran, strongly urge you to seek advice before traveling anywhere abroad. Various available medical insurance companies can help you with various precautions which include confirming to their policy for overseas and covering emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation and much more.
You may want to consider purchasing a short-term policy for your trip, in case your medical insurance policy does not provide you with overseas coverage.
It is to be duly noted that as a prime source of payment most medical care facilities providers in the United Kingdom do not accept insurance subscription. Instead, the recipient is estimated to pay and then inquire about reimbursement from the insurance company for the services. $10,000 to $20,000 range may be required for the upfront payment for the purchase of insurance policy.
Before Visiting United Kingdom
For vaccine-preventable diseases and other related diseases you might be at risk for, you should make sure you get the under mentioned vaccinations and medications before visiting United Kingdom: (Note: Medical facilities are often case specific and depends on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. Your consulted doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, accordingly.)
Adults and children should get different vaccinations and can be checked duly below the link.
NOTE: Be in no doubt as far as your routine vaccinations are concerned, they should be updated well in advanced.
Diseases such as for influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) come under the routine vaccines category are given at different stages of life; please refer to the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule and routine adult immunization schedule.
Non-vaccinated travelers are at high risk for infections. Even if you do not travel, routine vaccines are still a must to be ensured of.
Often best available risk information is what determines the right proposal of vaccines.
Note: In vaccine-preventable diseases the level of risks can change at any point of time.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 30, 2013
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