Health Agreement

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While you are visiting Jersey we want you to enjoy your stay, and although we hope that you will not need any medical attention during your holiday, we would like you to have peace of mind and reassurance that you know what is covered by our health care service, and ensure that you have the appropriate level of travel insurance to cover you.

We’ve summarised below how our health system differs from the UK and links to find out more should you have any specific questions. We always strongly recommend travelling to the island with appropriate travel insurance.

Jersey is not part of the UK, and therefore our health service is not part of the NHS.

For UK visitors, while some medical care is covered by a Reciprocal Health Agreement (RHA) we have with the UK, some treatment is not, and neither are pre-existing conditions.

The Emergency Department is for emergency treatment only. If you have a non-urgent medical issue, you’ll need to contact any local GP or the “out of hours” GP service. There will be a charge for this appointment which the individual GP practice can advise on.

The Emergency Department at the Hospital does not issue prescriptions for medication which is lost or forgotten. If a you need a prescription re-issued, you should visit any local GP, or contract our “out of hours” GP service, which is based at the Hospital, contactable on +44 (0) 1534 442000. There will be a charge for this appointment which the individual GP practice can advise on.

GP and dental services in Jersey are not free of charge. Individual GP and dental practices can advise on charges for appointments you may need to make when visiting the island.

If you need urgent treatment in an emergency, you should come to the Emergency Department at the General Hospital. As in the UK an ambulance can be called by dialling 999.

Emergency treatment given in the Emergency Department is free of charge, but treatment or care which is needed after that may not be. If you do not have travel insurance, you may need to pay for any treatment which is not classed as an emergency, including repatriation, if this is needed, which can cost approximately £5,000.

Guests can find out more about charges for healthcare costs on the following links at gov.je:

Healthcare costs

GPs, dentists and pharmacists

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