Full Timing In The Uk

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  1. Autowbars

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    Hello folks, retiring in Sept aged 60 and thinking of upping sticks and ft in MH.
    After travelling in the MH in Europe we wish to stay in the UK as the missus a bit ill and needs doctors every now and then.
    My main concern is how do folk full timing get to see a doc?
    How do we get repeat prescriptions, check ups etc when we may not be in one place too often?
    Wish to travel all the UK starting from Yorkshire, go to south coats, and do the whole lot clockwise, VERY SLOWLY !!!!

    It is my wife's medication I am most concerned about

    Stuart
     
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  2. Flamenca

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    Maybe the main problem with fulltiming is finding somewhere to stay. Then all the other issues, doctor, council tax, address, etc seem to kick in :rolleyes:
     
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    I think you meed an accommodation address for paperwork etc. Register with a GP local to there...... our surgery now has a system where you can do a lot of routine stuff on-line or by phone including ordering repeat prescriptions. You would still need to be able to pick them up or get someone to do that for you and deliver to you. As standard we get two months at a time but can get more by arrangement.
     
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    Th UK seems to be very difficult for fulltimers. maybe easier to fulltime in France and return tio UK for essntials? If I am not mistaken you are considered a resident in UK unless you spend more than 6 months in another country, Therefore, you can spend up to 5 months in France, up to 5 months in Spain/Portugal/Italy and still be 'resident' in UK. With the Inland Revenue you have to ELECT to be resident elsewhere.
     
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    I might be talking complete twaddle here but it might be worth asking your GP for post dated prescriptions. If you or your wife need to see a doctor whilst away from your home town, they will see you in any GP in the UK. But if your wife has history you may need to take a copy of her notes with you. They should be made available to you if you ask.
     
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  6. MicknPat

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    @Autowbars
    not forgetting full timers motorhome insurance.. Comfort will quote on a case by case basis, provided you have a c/o address .. not cheap, it will be at least 3 or 4 times the 'normal' premium. address also needed for Driving licence and motorhome registration, V5,

    Having or keeping base is is much easier than 'upping sticks' .. don't know your personal circumstances, can you not downsize and buy a small flat that can be used as a base , address for doctor, insurance , etc ? Without this you will have a lot of problems.. don't start out unless you have resolved these problems.. they don't go away..

    Somewhere to stay.. means moving all the time, most sites allow 21 days , CLs 28 days.. there are some long term sites.. but never tell anyone you are a full timer..they may decide to report you to the council who will land you with a council tax bill.. don't pay and you will get a court summons.. it happened to us..

    Not trying to put a wet blanket on your hopes and dreams.. we did it for three years and while it was great experience, you see lots of places.. it is not a long holiday, it is a way of life.. but life on the road that can be tiring .... as well as rewarding.. it's not for everyone..

    I would advise to keep your home and try it for a year .. by that time you will have resolved the problems and also know if it's for you or not.. last but not least.. have an exit plan.. ie .. how will you get back to house living if you decide it's not for you.. or either or both of you become too ill or too old to keep traveling.. ? You can apply to the council for a social house, but will be put on a very long queue, and not a priority as you won't be classed as 'homeless' .. sell the van , make yourself homeless and a crappy B&B accommodation will be offered.. take a long hard think before you cut the ties.
     
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  8. Jim

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    Seeing a UK doctor is easier than you think. Full timers will almost always carry their medical notes with them. Some stay on doctors lists for years even though they have no property in that area; but often that's not necessary Tell your doctor you're going to be travelling for 6 months and they will do their this best to help with advance prescriptions. But dont worry, one of the joys of a life on the road is choosing where to be ill ;) Any UK GP surgery will see you and and treat you for 14 days, after that you might have to register as a temporary resident but that is a really simple one form process. SO if you are touring the UK your wife has nothing to worry about.

    And what an adventure. Touring the UK coasts and using the extensive CL network is a joy. Have fun
     
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  9. Autowbars

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    Thank you all for your replies, answers.
    Given me more to think about.
    Really want to give it a try as the missus may only
    have a year or so to be here.
    Not going to spend that time looking at the outside from home.
    Not going to spend that time going to mow the lawn, etc.

    I will ask the doc for records etc, hope they give them freely.

    I even thought of buying a mobile home on a park as a base,
    and letting out for a bit, BIT is probably the reality of income as to be truthful we ain't going to have pots o money!
    Going to be have to be done on the cheap, no frills basis.
    But we can do that together
     
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  10. solo 1

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    My GPs have now got a website where you can make appointments and order repeat prescriptions and they even ask where you would like to pick them up from. You have to go in and take license or passport and they give you a special number and a pin no. Everything on line nowdays. Computer say yes... good luck whatever you decide to do. (y)
     
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    All changed to prevent health tourists. If you are now out of the country for longer than 90 days you no longer qualify for NHS services, if they check you will have to pay.
     
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    Mine's the same, but pick-up is from their own surgeries; are you saying @pat-c that you can pick up anywhere in the country or am I mis-reading this?
     
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    90 days....that is just a holiday. I thought you had to be fiscally resident in another country o_O
     
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    well thats how I understood it. If it is correct could put an end to those heading South for the entire winter, but then maybe I'm wrong, I hope so.
    Unless you retain property in the UK it will be a problem.
    Accessing Free State Healthcare
    The National Health Service only provides free
    hospital treatment for people who lawfully live
    on a settled basis in the United Kingdom.
    People who do not normally live on a settled
    basis in this country are not automatically
    entitled to NHS hospital treatment free of
    charge – regardless of their nationality or
    whether they hold a British Passport or have
    lived and paid National Insurance contributions
    and taxes in this country in the past.
    Residential Qualification
    UK/EEA citizens that are permanent UK
    residents are fully entitled to free hospital
    treatment, however they need to satisfy the
    Trust that they are permanent, lawful UK
    residents and provide satisfactory documentary
    evidence. Until such time as a Trust is satisfied
    of this, they will charge for healthcare.
    UK State Pensioners
    UK state pensioners who have lived in the UK for ten
    continuous years at some point in the past are entitled to
    ‘treatment the need for which arises during a visit to the UK’
    free of charge.
    Some UK state pensioners living part time in the EEA are fully
    entitled to free hospital treatment during the period they live
    here. They must prove they live in the UK for at least six months
    each year and in another EEA member state for the remainder
    of the year and not be registered as resident in that other
    member state.
     
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  15. Flamenca

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    There are a lot of British residents spending up to 6 months in Spain/Portugal every year. Maybe the rules have changed but I do not see how the government can curtail citizens who are liable for UK tax spending time overseas. But I would not be unduly surprised if they did.............if so, where do I apply for my tax refund? :)
     
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    Hi Roger. Please can you provide a link to the info you quoted as I've been trying to find out more about this sort of restriction. Thank you.
     
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    I have always believed that it is no problem to get a medical treatment anywhere in the UK whether you have a house or not. Because of some of the issues raised in this thread I wrote to the NHS for clarification. Here is the response which should put some fulltimers minds at ease. @Autowbars

    Dear James

    Thank you for your recent contact with NHS England regarding GP services for people of no permanent address. I can provide you with the following information.

    GP services can be accessed as needed, by being accepted as a patient by being temporarily resident in the GP's area. This is defined as being in a place for more than 24 hours but less than three months and includes anyone "moving from place to place and not for the time being resident in any place" by the Standard General Medical Services Contract.

    Temporary residents can register with 'no fixed abode' and this should be accepted by a GP practice. Provision of services for temporary residents includes all normal services, i.e. essential medical services; additional services and referral for any other services that a 'registered patient' would receive.

    When the patient registers as a temporary resident, they will have the option to record on the registration form that they do not have a GP and this will be accepted by the practice that they are registering with.

    One of the difficulties that will be experienced by the patients is that any medical records made while being temporarily resident will not be able to be transferred on when they move on and transfer to another practice as they are not uploaded to NHAIS so any record of previous treatments/conditions won't follow the patient.

    Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us I hope that the information that I have provided above will prove useful.

    Kind regards
    Michaela Laxton
    Case Officer
    Customer Contact Centre
    NHS England|PO Box 16738 | Redditch | B97 9PT
     
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  18. CWH

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    I believe that in Australia you carry your own records including x-rays.
    In light of that response, as most (?) records are now electronic, maybe it's worth taking a flash drive around for this sort of stuff, & asking GPs, hospitals etc to upload or email?
    Maybe even for those of us not yet f/t but away most of the time?
    Has anybody tried this?
     
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    Today, I took a memory stick with me, thinking that the hospital could quickly download my recent fracture x-rays, as suggested by CWH above.

    Absolutey no chance. The consultant apologised, and explained that it was an absolute no no.
    If I wanted copies of my recent fracture x-rays, I would have to apply to the department concerned, and pay for them. I declined.

    Regards,

    Jock.
     
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    Had a funny feeling this would be the case.
    I hope some organisation that has big bucks will challenge this.
     
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