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IntellegoHealth was born to give you advice and information on general health and wellbeing matters. From how to stay healthy, to how to get a medical job in the UK, to what you need to practise medicine, this website wants to be a fount of inspiration, information and updates.

The medical environment in the UK

The United Kingdom’s has a public healthcare system. This means that the healthcare system is funded by taxpayers. If you haven’t heard of it, it is called the National Health Service (frequently shortened to NHS). The NHS offers free medical advice. You have to register with a doctor first and then you should be able to get an appointment with a GP (general practitioner) of that practice. Sometimes a nurse might visit you if your problem is not highly worrying.

You can always choose to go private for certain conditions. In that case, expect the costs of medical treatment (and any other related costs such as prescription, medical advice, etc…) to be higher as private practices are not subsidised by the government.

Doctors practising in the UK

Doctors need to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a license to practise. The NHS has a centralised website where all job opportunities are advertised. If you want to work for the NHS, NHS jobs should be the first website to check and apply to any job posts offered by the NHS. There is also a shortage of occupation list in the NHS Employers website. This list gets updated roughly every year and it shows the main positions that have a higher demand in the UK.

General Wellbeing: Maintaining Good Health

As long as we eat properly, are able to sleep at night, exercise regularly and properly deal with emotions and accidents, most people in the UK can be able to maintain good health. If you are worried about anything in particular (your vision, your teeth, any allergic condition, a passing illness such as a flu, etc…) do book an appointment with your GP. Please know that appointments are generally 10 minutes long (sometimes if you book in advance you may be able to book a double appointment). There are a series of health checks that the NHS recommends depending on your sex and age range. Feel free to browse the website (NHS choices) for a list of all the ones that might be pertinent to you.

Emergency Numbers in the UK

In case of emergency, there are different numbers you can call, depending on the seriousness of the emergency. If the emergency is life-threatening, you can call 999 for fast help. Our advice: before calling, make sure you know where you are located, so that the ambulance knows exactly where to come. Try to know exactly the road you are in so that the person that needs immediate medical attention can be assisted as fast as possible. Be specific and if you don’t know, tell the person taking the call any other relevant information (i.e. are you in front of a shop? If so, which one?).

The emergency numbers for non-life-threatening but emergency situations are several. You can call the closest hospital for A&E (accidents and emergencies) attention if you know the number. If you are registered with your GP and they have an out-of office number, you can also try to call that number. Otherwise, if you need fast medical attention but you (or any individuals with you) know that you are not risking your or others’ life, you can call 111. It is a new service introduced by the NHS in 2013. They can not only give you the number of local medical practices open near you, but they can also send an ambulance if they think that you are in need of one.

If you want urgent medical advice, do not hesitate to call one of the numbers aforementioned. Unfortunately, on this website, we cannot provide any specific medical advice.