Hospitals in West Central London
The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK.
If you're visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS.
While hospitals have everything you could possibly need on site, smaller private hospitals can struggle when things go wrong or when a patient requires a range of different treatments for a condition such as cancer. With more investment in the latest medical technologies than in other, smaller, private hospitals, you can guarantee your treatment will not be compromised due to an absence of the necessary medical technology or equipment.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, providing acute & specialist services in 5 hospitals. In partnership with University College London (UCL) they are one of the country’s five comprehensive biomedical research centres. They are a member of UCL Partners which brings together some of the UK's world-renowned medical research centres and hospitals.
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is the largest public-sector provider of integrated medicine in Europe. Formerly known as the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, the RLHIM offers an innovative, patient-centred service integrating the best of conventional and complementary treatments for a wide range of conditions. All clinics are led by consultants, doctors and other registered healthcare professionals who have received additional training in complementary medicine.
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare. Together with their research partner, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, they form the UK’s only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics. Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to children’s healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.