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Dyalysis for visitors to UK

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Dyalysis for visitors to UK


I would like to bring my parents to UK in tourist Visa (valid for 6 months). My father has started his dialysis in India. He will have to undertake dialysis 3 times a week. Once he comes here, will be entitled to use NHS for dialysis.

if not, should I opt to a private hospital? if yes, how much they would charge? any idea?

Thanks in advance,


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1. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

No offense, but hopefully he will need a private hospital.

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2. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

https:/…holiday-dialysis.aspx ... Guys & Thomas

London hospital states £300 per session,that was in 2013.

I think you need to be talking to your local healthcare services, GP, hospital etc. and doing some research yourself rather than relying on volunteers on a general travel forum.

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3. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

He may be able to be treated in an NHS hospital but unless he is a British citizen he would be charged. This is something you need to sort beforehand. Your GP should be able to advise.

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4. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

hi all,

Thank your quick reply. I will talk to my GP for more information.

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5. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

I know someone whose wife needs dialysis regularly. This has caused problems for holidays and travel, but he found a lot of help through some organisation in the UK that supports and advises dialysis patients. Perhaps there is something similar available to you in India?

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6. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

As a guide £300 per session https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/Home.aspx

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7. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

"unless he is a British citizen he would be charged. "

Incorrect, you have to be resident in the UK. A UK citizen who is not resident in the UK would not be entitled to NHS treatment.

Therefore anybody on a tourist visa by definition is not resident.

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8. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

His eligibility for a visa may be affected by his health issues. That is something that I would be checking.

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9. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

The NHS will see him, but you may* need to pay.

Make sure you register him as a temporary resident with your GP though. All GPs have this form.

And if they can get a travel insurance with existing conditions cover, I would highly recommend it.

* You almost definitely will need to pay but they don't make you pay on the spot and for certain things they don't charge, although I can't imagine not charging for dialysis.

Edited: 1:28 am, September 14, 2018
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10. Re: Dyalysis for visitors to UK

Why not wait until his treatment has ended.

I would not want my father to travel just for a holiday/visit unnecessarily, then have to sort out treatment in another country.

You will have to pay for treatment, it does not read like he is entitled to NHS provision, and rightly he should be paying for the treatment he gets if he does visit. Please dont assume you will be able to just walk into a GP/Hospital and get treatment.

Your father should talk with his own doctor/hospital and see if he can get insurance to cover treatment and even he you can get a visa to visit

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