Newly arrived expats in Manchester will be pleased to know that there is a comprehensive public healthcare system in the UK that offers an excellent standard of care. Those who fit the criteria of being 'ordinarily resident' in the UK – that is, living there permanently – will have access to this system, run by the NHS (National Health Service). Healthcare services are provided at little to no cost, although waiting times can be long.

After arriving in Manchester, expats should make it a priority to register with their local General Practitioner (GP). The GP is the first port of call for non-emergency healthcare, and specialist treatment generally requires a referral from a GP.

Expats who prefer to skip the queue can opt to use private hospitals. Though expensive, patients are seen to much quicker. If planning to use this option, expats should make sure they're comprehensively insured to cover the high costs.

Pharmacies, or chemists, are readily available in Manchester and can be found on major streets and in shopping malls. Big supermarkets also often have small pharmacies inside. 

In an emergency, dial 999 and an ambulance will be dispatched to your location. 

Below is a list of some of the main public and private hospitals in Manchester.

Hospitals in Manchester

The Christie

Address: Wilmslow Road, Manchester M20 4BX

Pall Mall Medical

Address: 61 King Street, Manchester M2 4PD

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Address: Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9WL

Salford Royal

Address: Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HD

Spire Manchester Hospital

Address: 170 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2AF

Trafford General Hospital

Address: Moorside Road, Davyhulme, Manchester M41 5SL

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