BMA guidance

Refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit

Do you treat patients who are refugees or asylum seekers? Find out more about their specific health needs and how to overcome common barriers.

Location: UK International
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 4 September 2023
Topics: Ethics
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What you'll get from this guide

  • Learn about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers who come to the UK and how this impacts their health needs.
  • Understand refugees' and asylum seekers' entitlement to NHS care.
  • Learn about the unique health challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees and ways to overcome the barriers they face when attempting to access care.


How to use this guide

This guidance will provide you with the key legal, ethical and practical considerations you need to take into account when treating a patient who is a refugee or asylum seeker, and signposts to other sources of support and information. 

For more information contacts the BMA’s international and immigration department. For additional advice on specific dilemmas consider contacting one of the organisations in the list below.