Using the NHS when you return to live in the UK
Complete a GMS1 form to register with a GP near your home. Bring proof that you are eligible for free healthcare.
If you are a UK national living abroad and are returning to live in the UK, you will be able to use the NHS for your healthcare.
You will need to complete a GMS1 form to register with a GP near your home. See how to register with a GP practice
Prove you are eligible for free healthcare
The first time you have treatment anywhere in the NHS you will need to bring proof that you are eligible for free healthcare. You should bring at least two of the following documents:
Residence in the UK
- Proof of your purchase of property or a tenancy agreement
- Recent utility or council tax bill payment
- UK bank account showing recent UK activity
- Payslip or letter from employer
- Bank statement
- Unique tax reference number
- Documentation from your local job centre to show that you are receiving job-seekers allowance
You can also use documents that prove you no longer live abroad. For example, paperwork to show that you have:
- sold or rented your house in your previous country of residence
- terminated employment or studies in your previous country of residence
- shipped goods or transferred assets to the UK
- ended insurance policies and utility contracts
If you need A&E services, this will always be free and you will not be asked to show that you live here unless you go to hospital for further treatment.