Local Ukrainian GP praises new NHS resources for refugees

18 May 2022

Specialised advice and guidance is now available online to support the health needs of Ukrainian refugees, as well as information for host families based in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Working in partnership to provide important and easy-to-access information, the NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, as well as the local councils and charity organisation Shropshire Supports Refugees, have created dedicated resources on their respective websites to help Ukrainian refugees access important information.

There is also supporting information available for host families in the county via a handy checklist of how to help their guests access the NHS.

The online pages will act has a hub of information on how to use NHS services, as well as signposting to other organisations that can help. The new webpages explain what services are available within the NHS, and the importance of accessing healthcare as soon as refugees arrive in the county.

Translated into both Ukrainian and Russian, the online resource will allow refugees to access important medical information in their own language. There are also helpful guides to explain how to use NHS 111 and which services or organisations can provide extra help to migrants and asylum seekers.

Shropshire-based Ukrainian GP, Dr Viktoriya Gabinet, based at South Hermitage Surgery in Shrewsbury, said: “It has been difficult to witness the trials of my home country and our people over the last two months, but I am pleased this information is now available and will hopefully act as a helping hand to all those resettling in our beautiful county.

“It is important that refugees arriving in the UK register with their local GP practice as soon as possible, and not wait until they are ill. Refugees do not need ID, proof of address or immigration status to register with a local practice – access is available for all.

“Doctors are being asked to hold an initial health consultation with all arrivals from the Ukraine to assess medical needs, update immunisations, issue necessary medication and refer to specialists if required.

“My message to all Ukrainian refugees and host families is to please call your local GP practice to register and book an initial appointment. You can also speak with your host families and ask them to support you with this. The NHS is free for all and here to help.”

For more information on the new webpages, please visit the below websites:
NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin

Shropshire Council

Page last updated 18 May 2022