We are a small, friendly team dedicated to ensuring that the
Trust can recover money due following treatment of Overseas
What we do:
It is the team's job to review a patients eligibility to free
NHS treatment. We do this by collecting information on patients
and, if necessary, asking for documents so that we can assess their
status. This can be done by interview or letter.
Why we do it:
Department of Health charging regulations place a legal
obligation on the Trust to recover the costs of NHS services where
an individual is not entitled to free treatment. It is estimated
that, as a whole, the NHS can recover some £500 million a year from
Overseas Visitors treated by the NHS. This money is invested back
into NHS Services.
How can we help?
If you think that you might be an Overseas Visitor let us know
as soon as possible so that we can check whether you are liable to
pay for your hospital treatment.
If you have any queries about Overseas Visitors accessing
medical treatment within our hospitals, please do not hesitate to
contact the senior Overseas Visitor Team.
We are located at either University Hospital of North Durham or
Darlington Memorial Hospital and can be contacted on: