Doctors of the World is an independent non-governmental organisation.

We will never share your information with the Home Office, the government’s immigration department. We are not part of the NHS.

But the Home Office can now go to the NHS to get information on patients they have had contact with (those who have claimed asylum, have reported to the Home Office or have been detained).

If you have never been known to the Home Office, this will not affect you and you can access the NHS without the Home Office knowing about you (unless you receive a hospital bill of over £500 that goes unpaid for more than two months).

If you have been known to the Home Office, the Home Office could ask the NHS to pass on your information to them.

The information shared would not be your medical notes, but could be other private information of yours, such as your address.

Is it safe for me to access NHS care without the Home Office finding out about me?

If you are not known to the Home Office, you should be safe to access the NHS without the Home Office finding out about you.

If you are known to the Home Office, or have been in the past, they currently have the right to ask the NHS for your current details.

If you would like to understand more regarding how this issue might affect you, please call our advice line.

If you are unwell and need to see a doctor, you can visit our clinic. We will never share your information with the Home Office.

In an emergency you should still visit A&E or call 999 where you are not obliged to give personal information to receive treatment.