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Frequently Asked Questions - Health

Craigavon Area Hospital is an acute hospital that offers a wide range of services including accident and emergency (A&E) Out of Hours Doctor and Dentist Department.

The accident and emergency department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Access to the hospital services is via:

If you need to see a doctor at night or at weekends, telephone your local surgery; there will be a recorded message telling you how to contact a doctor. In case you cannot find the phone number from your surgery, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 and ask them for the out of hours doctor in your area.

A National Health Service (NHS) medical card is issued when you first register with a General Practitioner (GP). It contains your NHS number and other information such as your name, address, date of birth, and details of your registered practice or individual doctor.

If you do not have one (for example, in the case of a newborn baby or because you have just arrived from another country), the GP receptionist will give you a form to fill in (GMS1). When your application is approved, your medical card will be posted to your home address.

In order to receive medical treatment and support, you must register with a doctor at a Doctor's Surgery.

Anyone ‘ordinarily resident’ , including migrant workers, is entitled to free healthcare aside from those services which are not free to anyone but are means tested ( dentists, opticians, and prescription charges) The UK also has reciprocal agreements in place regarding the NHS and the entitlements to free treatment for visitors from all EU/EEA countries, thus visitors fro  these countries should not be charged for any treatment which becomes necessary during a temporary stay in the UK, other than normal charges that UK residents pay (e.g. prescriptions.)