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Emergency treatment

Some services provided in NHS hospitals are free to everyone, regardless of where they are resident. This currently includes treatment given in an accident and emergency department (A&E) and Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

Once the patient is admitted to a ward, or given an outpatient appointment, treatment ceases to be free, and from this point on a charge will be made.

For example, where emergency treatment is given elsewhere in the hospital it is the location that is exempt, not the type of treatment provided.

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