We all need healthcare sometimes. We provide direct medical help, healthcare advice and advocacy to people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants here in the UK via our clinic, national adviceline and outreach. Our service is delivered by volunteer doctors, nurses and caseworkers.
The people we help face multiple barriers: fear, discrimination, lack of understanding, lack of language, lack of an address, lack of technology. Combined, these can turn something as important and basic as accessing healthcare into an uphill battle for people living in very vulnerable circumstances. 87% of the people we support do not have a home, 80% live below the poverty line. Last year we supported 2,000 people to access health advice and healthcare, impacting positively on wellbeing.
We provide direct healthcare alongside support to register with a GP practice, 90% of our clients are supported to successfully register with a GP surgery, protecting their health for the long term. We also support a network of over 1,500 GP surgeries to provide information and advice to help them welcome everyone, regardless of status. Our work reaches people excluded from healthcare living in very vulnerable situations, so they can access the healthcare we all need sometimes.