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Medical Care Update March 2009

Medical Care for Visitors

The Reciprocal Health Agreement between the UK and the Channel Islands ended on 31st March 2009.

All visitors to the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which includes Alderney, are advised to take out full travel insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment that they may require and repatriation costs.

Medical Care for Persons taking up residence in Alderney

All GP's are in private practice and a fee is payable for all consultations in the surgery, place of residence and the A & E Department at the Mignot Memorial Hospital.

Dentists, opticians, physiotherapists and chiropodists are all in private practice.

Residents visiting the UK, whether for business or personal reasons, will have to pay for healthcare whilst there. It is, therefore, essential that Alderney residents have full Medical & Travel Insurance for the duration of their visit and ensure that their insurance policy covers for all eventualities. However, treatment received in an A & E Department, or similar walk-in treatment centre and immediate necessary treatment given by a GP, will not be charged for.

The Specialist Health Insurance Scheme covers the cost of specialist medical care provided by the Medical Specialist Group (MSG). This scheme also funds physiotherapy provided by the Guernsey Physiotherapy Group when the referral is by a member of the MSG and medical treatment for acute care patients in the Mignot Memorial Hospital. For acute care patients there is no charge for radiology, pathology, medication and accommodation.

Further details about both these schemes is available in leaflets which can be accessed through the web site and then click on the Social Security icon or in paper form from the States Office in Alderney.

Charges are made for long stay patients and help is available through a means tested scheme if necessary.

Prescription medicines are available to residents on payment of a prescription charge of £2.80 (in 2009) per item. This entitles the resident to a 28 day supply. People over the age of 65 years or in receipt of Supplementary Benefit are exempt from this payment and must sign the declaration on the back of the prescription.

Any further details about hospital or medical facilities in the island may be obtained from Corporate Headquarters, Health & Social Services Department, Le Vauquiedor, St Andrews, Guernsey GY6 8TW. Tel. +44(0)1481 725241

Alderney's Medical Services

The Island Medical Centre
Sundial House,
Les Roquettes
tel: +44 (0)1481 822077

Eagle Medical Practice
Stefan House
Ollivier Court ,
Ollivier Street
tel: +44 (0)1481 822494

Dental Practice
Venelles du Milieu
tel: +44 (0)1481 823131

Mignot Memorial Hospital
tel: +44 (0)1481 822822

Alderney's Ambulance Services
Ambulance services are provided by the St. John Alderney Ambulance Service which levies charges for attendance by ambulance personnel and for transport by ambulance or ambulance car.

The service operates an Ambulance subscription scheme where an annual premium paid by 31 December each year covers the ambulance charges incurred the following year in Alderney

To gain immediate cover, please contact :

The Treasurer
St. John Alderney Ambulance Services
Century House, 12 Victoria Street
Alderney GY9 3UF, Channel Islands
tel: +44 (0) 1481 822020
fax: +44 (0) 1481 822134