Eligibility checks pilot 

26/07/2017 00:00 

We are now asking all patients attending their first appointment in two pilot clinics to provide two forms of identification.

The pilot clinics are the first time a patient meets a midwife in the maternity department, and the first appointment in clinical neurophysiology for non-emergency patients.

These new processes will enable us to assess whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment, in line with Department of Health regulations. This is part of a national three-month pilot programme led by the Department of Health and NHS Improvement.

We will not turn any patients away or delay their treatment if they cannot provide identification.

This process will not apply to urgent care, including surgery or A&E. No patient visiting UCLH will have urgent care delayed.

We will be asking patients to bring two forms of identification, one to provide their identity and one to prove their residential address. This request will be made in appointment letters, and will include full details, including a list of documents that can be used as evidence.

There is no change to the GP referral pathway. We would like to ask you to highlight this pilot to patients when you refer them to the two specialties involved, and to signpost them to their appointment letter or the UCLH website for more information.

Contact: Carole Ash, business manager, carole.ash@uclh.nhs.uk, 020 3447 9653.

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