Everyone has a right to healthcare. But registering with a GP can be very difficult when you are homeless.
Our ‘My Right to Healthcare Cards’ can help people register.
Thanks to NHS England, they are available nationally and can be ordered for free.
We hear time and again how people experiencing homelessness face barriers when registering at a GP practice. This is just not right.
Anyone who registers:
Does not need a fixed address.
Does not need identification.
Their immigration status does not matter.
What is a ‘My Right to Healthcare’ Card?
The cards are designed to be business card size. They can be kept in a pocket and shown when registering for healthcare. We want to spread the word that being denied access to a GP practice is not acceptable.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination roll out, NHS England and Improvement launched a campaign, based on Groundswell’s cards, to promote GP registration and access for everyone in England.
There are plenty available and they are free for services to order.
How do I order them?
NHS England have now made the cards nationally available. You can order them using the link below. We will post them to you for free!
This film was created by James Phillips films as Groundswell’s prize for winning the Homeless Link’s ‘Communicating for Change’ award in 2019. The award celebrates the impact communications can have to engage, change behaviour and improve lives.